What is this behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LazyGirl, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. LazyGirl

    LazyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Can someone explain to me what my chicken is doing?
    She is an araucana, 7 mo old, and has started going into the nest box every afternoon, sitting there for several hours (until dark), then gets up and roosts for the night. Then in the morning she goes out and does her chicken thing until mid-afternoon and then lays in the box again. She hasn't laid any eggs for over a week.
    Is she going broody, or is she having egg laying troubles? She sometimes picks a nest box with 1 egg in, but not always. I have to take the eggs out from under her (boy that makes her mad) but never her eggs.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its possible she is becoming brooding..My older broodies will sit all day and roost at night for about three days before locking down on the nest..
     
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Sounds like shes winding up to brood.
     
  4. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds exactly like how my hen did before she went broody.
     
  5. LazyGirl

    LazyGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. I may try to put a few eggs under her to get a few chicks out of the deal since she isn't producing. We'll see what happens.[​IMG]
     

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