In the Brooder
- Oct 24, 2009
Our 2 year old RIR hen has been acting strange. She is trying to get under my husbands 10 ft x 10ft work shed where it is dark. We put boards up around the bottom. It is not hot here at 60 degrees and she is determine to get under there. The word broody popped in our heads. In the wild we know birds find a dark secluded spot to make a nest then lay eggs to hatch. Would this behavior be a pre nest building to go broody? Its like she inspects every place thats dark and secluded, under our stored wheelbarrow, kids upside down wagon, under a big bush, etc. She has been laying an egg a day in the nestbox in the coop. Could a hen choose another place to hatch eggs instead of in the coop? There are no bugs yet for her to eat under the shed. She secludes herself from the rest of the flock unless I bring out treats. If she wants to go broody, I'll help her b/c we plan on to incubate eggs for Easter. I should say, she'll help us.