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My one year old hen has been in the nesting box days

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My one year old hen has been in the nesting box for two days without coming out to eat or drink . No rooster just hens in my coop . Is she sick ?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Possibly...but she may also be broody. Please review this article: and let me know if you think Prytania is a broody hen.Illness in hens can manifest in myriad ways. The classical symptoms of sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, increased respiratory rate, pale comb/wattle, regurgitation/vomiting, diarrhea, lameness/paresis (weakness)/paralysis help clarify the illness but oftentimes sudden death is the other symptom that tells me that a hen was ill. Please let me know if you've see any of these symptoms in Prytania.

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