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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mrz hen, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. mrz hen

    mrz hen Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen was sitting on eggs about 8 days ago and stopped 2days ago.shes hasnt been the same ever since. She isnt eating properly. All she does it sit in the over saddly. The top of her head which use to be bright red is now lightred close to white on some parts... the other hens the same age as her are happy and red on top.
    I am so upset because i can feel theres something wrong.
    Help meee
     
  2. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did she abandon or did you take them from her?
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Deep breath.
    A hen that goes broody will lose color in her comb/wattles and they will appear dry and shriveled in comparison to the glossy, plump comb/wattles of a hen that is in production. It can take some time once a hen has gone out of a broody state for things to return to normal.
    Of more concern is the behavior - you say she stopped setting on the eggs 2 days ago, can you think of anything that may have taken place to put her off the nest? Was the nest in a separate broody pen or was she brooding in the flock? When you say she "sits in the over saddly" - what are you meaning? I'm not really making it out and want to be sure I can answer your concerns as best as possible. Is she still seeming to be broody (setting in one place, fluffed up, defensive of her space) just no longer on her eggs? This can happen if the hen gets off the nest and returns to find another hen has hopped up to lay an egg, etc and the broody settles somewhere else, not realizing she is no longer on the eggs she was hatching.
     
  4. mrz hen

    mrz hen Out Of The Brooder

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  5. mrz hen

    mrz hen Out Of The Brooder

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    Omg yess she sits where they normally lay their eggs. A hen did sit on her eggs when she was eating and layed an egg. Omggg is that why. I want to cry. I feel bad. She is sitting on the cover since then. I thought maybe she is sick.
    What can i do now?
     
  6. mrz hen

    mrz hen Out Of The Brooder

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    She abandon them.and sat sitting else where
     
  7. mrz hen

    mrz hen Out Of The Brooder

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    I had to buy my eggs from elsewhere because i dont have a rooster. If i buy some more and make a space area for her. Will it be ok. As shes still sitting
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    She isn't sick - she is just broody. Unfortunately, the eggs have been unattended for too long at this point. When brooding in the flock this can happen. If/when I have a broody that has "lost" her nest I simply move her back to the appropriate nest of eggs. Because this can happen, I make a point of checking on the nests a few times a day during a brooding so that if she does get misplaced she is not gone too long before being placed back on the right spot. If you want to have her hatch eggs you might be better off putting her in a private brooding area (it can simply be a sectioned off area of the coop or a crate within the coop) and giving her a fresh clutch of fertile eggs. It is most likely she'll remain broody and see this clutch through to hatch if you do so in the next couple of days.
     

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