My chook is sitting on the nest all day, not sick but not out and about, what is going on?

She is broody most likely. There are two solutions to this:

  1. Put her in a broody cage. A cage which has light all around, a wire floor and preferably suspended off the ground. Broodiness is a response to a warm dark nesty sort of place and so you want to make the opposite. A few days is usually sufficient. Make sure she has feed and water.
  2. When you catch her on the nest, pick her up and dunk her in a bucket of water. The theory being that they won’t go back on the nest wet. Usually takes a few goes.
Otherwise let the broodiness run its course, but she won’t lay while broody. Isabrowns rarely go broody.

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