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Topic: Setting Hen is not eating or drinking or pooping. (2 messages)

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Setting Hen is not eating or drinking or pooping. (2 messages)
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Score: 5
My Light Brahma went broody, and after even removing her from the nest and the eggs every day, I gave up and got her a dozen fertile Aracauna eggs. So now, she is in a separate pen setting. It has been almost a week now, and the feed bin is undisturbed, the water level is not changing, and there is no poop in the pen. She is alive and looking at me, but I am concerned. This is her first time setting eggs. In the past, my hens would get off the nest a couple times a day for a brief period to drink, eat and poop. When should I get concerned? I have never seen an animal deliberately starve itself for the cause. But summer is coming on and it will be getting hot soon, she needs to eat and drink. I am concerned about her digestive system shutting down too. What do I do now? I have a lot of experience with chickens all my life, this stumps me. She'll set whether she has eggs or not. I don't want to lose the eggs, but the hen is more important to me, she's only one year old.
6/12/2014 10:33 AM report abuse

Score: 5
Some hens are just more dedicated then othersjsut leave the food and water she'll come out to eat and drink eventually
1/23/2016 5:56 AM report abuse