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    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2012 7:28pm (Jul 6th 2012)
    Hi all. Hope you can help me with this one.

    Cherry, our light Sussex, yesterday, went to bed early, an hour before she normally does. This morning, I noticed she didn't come out with the other hens. 2 hours later I went to check on her and she was still in the nesting area.

    I went to touch her and, as usual, she legged it down the ladder and into the garden and then into the coop for the layers pellets. No egg was laid.

    Half hour later she was back in the laying area and remained there for a couple of hours.

    I stroked her, which is alien because she won't ever let you near her and then she ran off down the ladder. At this point I noticed she had laid an egg. However, again, half hour later, she is back in the nesting box.

    She is still there but with no eggs.

    I'm concerned.... Her comb is bright red and warm and she looks healthy. This is very strange behavior for Cherry. Any idea what might be wrong?

    Thank you

    Karen and Ian
    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2012 12:34pm (Jul 7th 2012)
    This morning Karen went to let the girls out and Cherry was sitting in the nesting box so Karen gave her a nudge, to get her out, and she was sat on an egg.....but NOT one of her own! (she only lays small white eggs and this was a whopping big brown one, probably belongs to one of the older Warrens) so I think the answer might be that she's broody
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2012 6:56pm (Jul 7th 2012)
    Sounds like it to me...have you a rooster? Will she have a big chick? :)