Squashed Hen in Nest Box

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TammyTX, May 6, 2011.

  1. TammyTX

    TammyTX Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 16, 2009
    A couple of days ago I had a broody Maran that was dead in her nest box. Her head was tucked in but there was no visible injuries at all. My husband noticed that she appeared a little "flat". I realized that even though she was a large hen, she must have been squashed by other hens trying to use the same nest box. It had been unusually cool during those days, so I know it wasn't heat.

    I have seven nest boxes. The boxes are all the same size and shape (about 16x12), but as you all know, when they have a favorite box, it doesn't matter how many are open, the have to have THAT one.

    Has anyone else had a squashed hen....especially one that is over two years old?
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Not to that extent, but sorry it happened to your hen, I have 10 nest boxes for my hens and they all wait in line to use 1 and sometimes 2. crazy girls. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 6, 2011
  3. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    I'm not sure how flat "flat" is, but depending how long she was dead, bodies can take on quite a different shape than when they were alive... my girls kept cramming in the box with my broody until I separated her, but she'd let out a scream and fight back if things got critical... I'm so sorry you lost a hen!
  4. britsngrits

    britsngrits Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 18, 2011
    I had that happen with my RIR's pushing my banty hens out of their broody nests and stomping on the baby chicks. From that day on I would tap the eggs every day. Once I heard a peep I would take it inside and put in the 'bator to hatch and brood. I don't know why they do that. If my banty hens insist on staying on their eggs the stupid RIR;s will lay right on top of them. They have a whole freaking barn with dark corners all over the place but they gotta do that ??? [​IMG]

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