Six chickens, five eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EpiduralGirl, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. EpiduralGirl

    EpiduralGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Every day, I get 5 eggs from my 6 chickens. I also have one hen who spends ALL of her time in the nest, whether there are eggs underneath of her or not.

    I suspect she is the one who isn't laying.

    When I let the girls out to run around the yard, I have to remove her from the nest box. Sometimes she joins the others, sometimes she returns to the nest.

    So, is that a problem? Should I be doing something different?

    It's not like I need the extra egg, I just want to make sure she's OK.

    (They are fed adequately, always have water available, roam freely much of the day and appear healthy, as far as I can tell.)
     
  2. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she broody? Does she cluck, poof up like a ball and growl at you when you come near?
     
  3. EpiduralGirl

    EpiduralGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes! Exactly.

    My daughter doesn't like collecting the eggs from underneath of her. I just pick her up and grab them, but she still wants to sit there.
     
  4. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She wants to be a mama! I'd give her some fertile eggs and let her sit. If you don't want to let her hatch any, do a search on here for how to break broodiness.
     
  5. EpiduralGirl

    EpiduralGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, looking into that now. I do not need any more chicks, that's for sure!

    I'll give some of the other suggestions a try.
     

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