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Suddenly broody chicken

Here's a question for anyone on here ho has chickens or has experience with them. Do chickens just become broody out of the blue? Or is it something they always do if they are going to do it?

One of my hens seems to be in the coop all the time now. In the nesting box sitting on an egg, and I always have to use a stick to get the egg because she doesn't seem to want me to get at it. Today I actually forced her out of the nesting box because I wanted to get a loser look because I was afraid she was getting sick. When I nudged her out to the more open part of the coop she just sat there, head lowered, butt higher and fluffed out. And she seems to have a different, constant, lower pitched cluck than normal.

I have also noticed in this time that my other hens seem to have stopped laying. For the last few days anyway. But I have been leaving the coop open to my yard 24/7 so they may all be laying somewhere out in the yard. But I have yet to find where, and I have done some pretty good looking. Including a corner of the yard where they always seem to be when I come through the gate.

Any ideas about the new behavior?
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My yard isn't that big, I would think I'd be able to find them. I went back out with the help of a 5 year old and still no luck. I'm thinking that because our weather has gotten quite a bit cooler and days are shortening I may need to put a light back in the coop. It may have triggered egg production to stop for the season and/or molting. I really don't think there are eggs in the yard. There just aren't that many places to hide.

After reading more I do believe she is just getting broody. Some things I read say you can separate her for a while until it stops and she starts laying. Keeping her on a mesh-bottom nest so that she can't get it to stay warm. Interesting idea.

Eric, that's funny but I feel for you as well. I look forward to every single egg! I hate it when something happens that makes one useless or unsafe to eat. It feels like such a waste!
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Either she's gone broody, or is eggbound, and will shortly explode.

My guess is its one or t'other.
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I have heard of being egg bound. She didn't look swollen or anything back there.....and she did have it promptly on display for me...I'd rather not go there if I don't have to. Besides, I haven't looked closely enough to see which vent is which lol.
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Only one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGkaEvCEKLg

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Why will chicken become egg-bound? Are there some external reasons like cuts or debris stuck in the vent or it's common physical disorder?
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DoubleDogFarm wrote:Only one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGkaEvCEKLg

Eric
That was a funny video, more so because the older guy is so familiar and comfortable about holding the chickens -- the younger guy got in trouble so he just automatically tucked the 2nd chicken under his arm to hold both birds in one arm and free up his other hand. :lol:

Nothing like getting hands-on lessons. :wink:

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And any hen immediately what..? :)
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I check each of our hens once a week, and any hen who acts abnormal, immediately

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Ah. Marlingardener, I'm guessing you would also be able to automatically tuck a chicken under your arm to free up your hands when necessary. :wink:

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I'm not tucking a chicken anywhere....let alone hold one for too long. They are pretty indiscriminatory (if that's a word) about where they poop, and I'd rather it not be on me.
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I mean I'm not afraid of getting dirty...just avoid getting $H!T on if I can lol. Not ONLY by chickens, but by life in general. Every day is a tiny victory. :lol:
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I hate broody hens!
If she's an older girl it might be time.... I feel like older broody hens put the entire flock at risk since they poo in the roost boxes which can spread diseases.
If she's still quite young and not eggbound, I'd put her in isolation until the behavior stops.
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