When she’s all puffed up and won’t get off the nest box

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Chicky has been puffing up like this alot lately! Obviously she doesn’t want to be messed with while laying, but she has been doing this when walking by me or when I walk close to her. Also, I noticed her blinking a ton. Is that normal? And any idea about her puffiness? Not sure what else to call it.

chicken puffing up feathers
chicken puffing up feathers
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Michelle Thomas
Michelle Thomas

Is it cold where you are? They will puff up when they’re cold.

Denise Clayton
Denise Clayton

She’s broody.

Lindsie Davis
Lindsie Davis

Looks like she’s broody to me. She wants babiessss ????

Amanda Cohen Cutolo
Amanda Cohen Cutolo

They puff up to retain heat.

Jeanne Cole
Jeanne Cole

Does she have eggs under her?

Alex Newton Dean
Alex Newton Dean

I’m in central Texas. Not cold! But, she does it even when walking around. Almost like she’s scared and puffs up when I walk by. Is that also a sign of broodiness?

Amber Murphy
Amber Murphy

I’m in Texas and my buff lady is doing the same thing – she is broody and in the moody

Courtney Prescott
Courtney Prescott

When our hen went broody she acted like that too in and out of the coop

KaitlinRodriguez
KaitlinRodriguez

She’s broody and wants to hatch.

Cat Perroux
Cat Perroux

She’s likely broody. She may also be in a perpetual bad mood (like our Sheila- who was broody when we got her and has been mad at us ever since), but that’s not as likely.

Alex Newton Dean
Alex Newton Dean

Y”all are always so helpful. My chickens are about a year old so this is a first for me. Put two eggs back in and will leave one a day and see if she broods. My kids will be ecstatic if we end up with chicks from a mama.

Alex Newton Dean
Alex Newton Dean

Ok y’all. I have 2 eggs in there for now. Marked them, but she is still roosting and not brooding. Do I just leave them there and hope she will start brooding? Then mark them once she for sure broods? And remove extra eggs after that?

Erin Zobrak
Erin Zobrak

If she doesn’t stop you’ll want to put her in a cage no bedding so she can feel a breeze under her. Just food and water in the cage . Keep in the coop so the others are not strange to her when she comes back .