Whats wrong with my chicken?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wberry85, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. wberry85

    wberry85 In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2011
    Milton, GA
    I have one chicken that will not leave the nesting box. Day and night she sits in there and I wonder if she is even eating or drinking. When I open the nesting box she fluffs up her feathers real big and acts angry if I try and touch her. Her comb is also rather droopy, but that could be normal for her.

    I took her out and put her on the ground today and she ate some food but within minutes she climbed back into the nesting box. No obvious scrapes or bruises.

    Is this normal or should I be worried?
  2. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

    Sounds like she broody, is she on eggs? if not take her off the nest, give her a cool bath that might snap her out of it. [​IMG]
  3. zippitydooda

    zippitydooda Songster

    Apr 23, 2010
    Ottawa, Ohio
    You have a broody..... keep removing the eggs and make her get out of the box. A cool bath wouldn't hurt. Ours pulled feathers out from the belly and tried lining the nest. Did yours do that yet? I just kept after her and eventually she gave up. I think it was a little over a week of that grumpy behavior.

    UNLESS you WANT her to sit on eggs and hatch them.... then just leave her alone & you will have a momma. (Assuming you have a roo).
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2011
  4. Kaceyx73

    Kaceyx73 Chirping

    Dec 14, 2010
    Anyone ever notice that it seems only people that DONT want broodies always get them?

    People that DO want broodies never get them? LOL
  5. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    Lock her out of the coop if you have too. You might get a pecking or two getting her out of the box,but get her out.
  6. wberry85

    wberry85 In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2011
    Milton, GA
    Ok looks like I will just have to set her straight!

    Thanks again guys.
  7. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    Quote:x2 It's not "Murphy's Law" but it must be some other law. Like "Brooder's Law" or something.
  8. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    my cochin banty is a wonderful brooder, and yes, she picked her breast clean and has had as many as 6 eggs under her.... luckily for her they were starter eggs from my new layers, I think if she had of been on 6 standard eggs she would have looked like a pea perched on top of a watermelon.....

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