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Brooding Black Star?

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I'm sorry I can't post any pictures. I have a Black Star hen that might be broody? Not sure how long she has been in here, but she is giving me an elongated cluck when I reach under or touch her. Not sure how old she is but she is a foster and at her old home she was hen pecked. Would this make any difference? Can anyone tell me wether she is brooding, taking a long time laying, or if she's just maybe having a bad day?
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I have a Black Star that screams and pecks (and I mean PECKS) if you so much as dare touch her while she's on the nest. She's never went broody on me yet. She's just real crabby when she lays. If your girl has been on the nest for a couple of days or if she stays on the nest for a couple of days, there is a good chance she may be broody. I've had a few Black Stars hatch some chicks. But it could also be that she is just fussing from being touched. :)

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A broody hen will sit on the nest all day and night, with only short daily forays off the nest to eat, drink, poop, and maybe dust bathe. They flatten their bodies out over the nest or on the ground if you pull them out of the nest and fluff their feathers up, they can hiss, growl, scream, bite.

 

After being on the nest for 72 hours they are generally considered to be broody...best to either give her some fertile eggs to hatch or break her in a broody crate.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Originally Posted by aart View Post

A broody hen will sit on the nest all day and night, with only short daily forays off the nest to eat, drink, poop, and maybe dust bathe. They flatten their bodies out over the nest or on the ground if you pull them out of the nest and fluff their feathers up, they can hiss, growl, scream, bite.

After being on the nest for 72 hours they are generally considered to be broody...best to either give her some fertile eggs to hatch or break her in a broody crate.
Thank you for the info, but she is up and moving about now.
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I have a Black Star that screams and pecks (and I mean PECKS) if you so much as dare touch her while she's on the nest. She's never went broody on me yet. She's just real crabby when she lays. If your girl has been on the nest for a couple of days or if she stays on the nest for a couple of days, there is a good chance she may be broody. I've had a few Black Stars hatch some chicks. But it could also be that she is just fussing from being touched. smile.png
Hmmm. Not sure how long she has been back on the nest, but my hen has layer quite a few eggs lately, and has accepted a golf ball as an egg apparently. I put it near her in the nest and she pushed it under. I have tested by taking it out from under her and putting it next to her and every time so far she has taken it back. I'm waiting for the three day mark and for hostile behavior to begin if she is becoming broody. I am so hoping that I'm right...
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I just had a black star hen hatch out 5 chicks. Didnt think they were supposed to but i guess its always possible. She seems like a good mom so far
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