Last week our Black Cochin chicken started to act like a broody hen. For anyone who hasn’t raised chickens before this is when they want to sit and hatch their eggs and raise chicks. She did this for about five to six days. Daily I would take her off the nest and introduce her to the food and water, a broody hen is so determined to hatch out chicks that they will forego nourishment. Each day I noticed she didn’t lay an egg. She normally would lay an egg every other day. I became concerned she had a condition called egg binding. This is when an egg gets stuck in the hen’s oviduct. She finally laid an egg on the sixth day, but she still wasn’t acting right. She was roosting during the day instead of free ranging with the rest of the ladies out on the farm. I decided we needed to take her to see Dr. Bruce our veterinarian. He said that the huge egg that took so long to pass caused an infection in her female reproductive organs. He gave her a shot of antibiotics and sent us home with medication. We have isolated her from the rest of the flock and Seth’s tending to her around the clock. We are hoping for a speedy recovery so she can rejoin her flock as soon as possible.