Strange acting hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Eagles85, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. Eagles85

    Eagles85 Hatching

    Feb 20, 2016
    I have a chicken who will only take a few steps them lay onnground in a pile leaves or hay. I threw a bucnh of hay/straw in the yard and all the other chickens did the normal chicken thing and scratched. This one went to thr middle and layed down all puffed out. I tried to pick her up and she ran to anothr spot and hid under the steps and layed down again. Her breast appears to be bald. She also would not eat any of yhe normal chicken treats i feed them daily. Is she broody or something else

    Thank you
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] I thought "broody" when I read the above, but I could be wrong. How is she acting otherwise? What does she do when you approach her and pick her up?
  3. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. I too would guess broody. My broody hen would eat once a day. So that may be why she's not eating. I'd keep a close eye on her though.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Broody hens also pull out their feathers to make a nest. Sounds like that is what she is doing. Can you secure an area for her with a nice nest box? You want to keep other hens and roosters away from her. If the area is large enough you could put a feed dish & water near her , so she can eat from the nest. If you see she isn't eating there, you may have to put her out a few times a day, so she can eat,drink, poo and stretch her legs for a bit, and then back to the nest.

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