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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My hen sleeps in a coop on soft shaviings where she lays her

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My hen sleeps in a coop on soft wood shaviings where she lays her eggs. Today the shavings where she sits were wet. Could she be sick? Her poop looks normal and she did lay an egg.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I have to assume that you've found excessive urine as there's nothing else that would leave a clear wet spot. It sounds as if she hasn't moved from that spot in quite some time. That's not unusual when a hen becomes "broody". There's no reason to believe that she's ill if she's otherwise well. A hen that is committed to hatching chicks is known as a broody. The state of being broody is controlled by instinct, hormones and lighting conditions. Left to her own devices, a broody will lay a clutch of eggs, then stop egg-laying and sit on them for 21 days (more or less) until they hatch. These hens may not even need eggs to set on to be broody--they may brood in a nest with no eggs... or in a corner on rocks.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish. I have to leave my computer for a couple of hours but promise to reply as soon as I return if need be.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Catalina,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Chirp. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin