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Odd behaviour in broody hen
Hi everyone, I'm new to the site and just wonder if anyone has experienced this behaviour.
My hen was one of two chicks, hatched last summer. She normally lives with her sister and Doodle, a silver lace wyandotte. The hens are silkie cross pekin and started laying eggs just before Christmas and have been quite regular since March.
The hen in question went broody 3 days ago. Her choice of 'maternity ward' was less than desirable so I put her in a triple section laying box in a little hen house. She's quiet and trance like most of the time, as I'd expect, but when I put food in front of her, she starts flapping her wings in circles?! None of my other broodies have ever done this. She flaps her food and water everywhere. Almost like she's really excited. Her legs are not paralysed, her eyes, clear. Ears clean, nares clear and comb and wattles bright red.
Any suggestions? I've now moved her into a basket pet carrier with reinforced area for food and water, inside a huge covered dog cage. She can see and hear the other chickens but can't really be disturbed of affected by them. She's also in a place where Doodle can see and check on her.
She has a good diet. Mixed corn, grated apple and carrot, cucumber, sunflower seeds, fresh live maggots or mealworm and greens. This morning she had an egg yolk as well.
On the first day, she passed a 'broody poop' with a semi soft shelled egg, I bathed her in warm water and check her vent, which was clear and clean, save for the mess she'd just made. She hasn't laid since.
She doesn't appear to be in any pain or discomfort and can keep her head up.
Thanks in advance for any input.