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Weird Chicken Behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ctbicking, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. ctbicking

    ctbicking New Egg

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    Lately my chickens have been acting a little weird and I don't know why. They run around their coop aggreviated and flapping their wings a lot and clucking. Are they supposed to be acting this way, or is there something wrong?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    More information is needed, they could be broody, or they could need more exercise. To me it sounds like you have a couple of broody hens.
     
  3. ctbicking

    ctbicking New Egg

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    I'm new to "chickening" so please don't laugh, but what are broody hens?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Everyone is new at some point, so no laughing from me. A broody hen wants to sit and hatch eggs. It's a hormonal phase. They puff up, cluck repeatedly, screech when you try to remove them from the nest and are a bit obnoxious. They also stop laying eggs.
     
  5. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    A broody hen is one getting ready to hatch (or brood) chicks.

    I can't say I've noticed mine flapping their wings and running around when broody though, for me I know they are because they spend all day in the nesting box and growl under their breaths when I try and move them.

    It's hard to guess the reason without knowing a bit more about your flock.

    How old are they?

    How many are there?

    How big is your run for them?

    i did wonder if it's a young flock and maybe you've got a rooster or two trying for top spot.
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2016
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Good questions posted by appps........my younger birds run around flapping their wings all the time, older ones do it too but less frequently.
    I think it's like us stretching our arms out.
     

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