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Chicken thinks she got some?
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Andrew Cheyne    Posted 06-28-2003 at 15:23:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have three laying hens. One of the hens started laying on the laid eggs constantly - she wont move unless I forcibly grab her and move her. All the while, she is pecking at me. The hen is just over a year old - wondering if this is a normal "growing up, hitting chicken puberty" type behavior or if she might be sick. We do not have a rooster, so unless she had a visitor that we didn't know about, there wasn't any fertilizing going on. :-)


Stretch    Posted 06-28-2003 at 15:55:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
She's setting. Trying to hatch 'em. She doesn't know they're not fertilized. (Yeah, you would think she would.) She'll go through a cycle, then it will end. It's natural. Best thing to do is keep the eggs gathered so she doesn't have any to sit on.


Andrew    Posted 06-28-2003 at 17:42:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the info! Having chickens is great, but anytime something weird happens, I'm at a loss. I'm glad I keep a good pair of work gloves by the coop I could use to get the eggs that were there - that was one unhappy hen!


Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 15:44:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is the younger generation,Does your chicken watch much TV? ( Actually,,I seen chickens act that way but I never worried much.) We might call up our chicken expert.HELLO!! Chicken expert!! OK ..Just hang around,There are several on duty here at this hour..Grab a cup of coffee and sit down over there in the lobby.


Cindi    Posted 06-28-2003 at 17:04:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Andrew if you want some baby chicks nows the time to get a rooster. I would give anything right now for a hen that will sit.


Andrew    Posted 06-28-2003 at 17:45:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cindi,

We do plan on getting a rooster at some point and raising some chicks, but have to do some renovations first. The coop is only really big enough for 4 or 5 chickens at the moment.. actually that brings up a good question. How many chickens would fit in a small coop? Our coop is about 5'x10' with 4 nesting spots. I had always assumed we should keep the numbers low just so they're not over-crowded.

Andrew


cowgirlj    Posted 06-28-2003 at 18:46:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Andrew, we have 21 chickens and two full grown geese in a coop about 6'x10', with only 5 nesting boxes. Sometime those hens crowd four and five deep in thier boxes. Our coop is about 8-9' high inside. We free range the chickens during the day. I don't think you are overcrowding. Even with as many as we have together, they are all quite happy.


Stretch    Posted 06-28-2003 at 18:42:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Andrew, you're doing right by not overcrowding. They'll be healthier. If you ever expand, you can have one rooster with up to ten hens and he'll take care of 'em all. Too many roosters and the hens won't be happy.



Clod    Posted 06-28-2003 at 18:26:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
She probaly knows the answer but she is up there on a dog/cat post now.I had chickens several times but I them run the show.


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