3 days ago I bought an asil hen she is the only hen that I have (all the chicken are soled, planning on getting more soon) she lays an egg everyday! that's great since she is new and were in winter now and its cold! and by herself! anyhow.... she keeps sitting in the nest box most off her time from at least 8am and sometimes pm I think she wants to brood she laid an egg today but this time I just let her sit on it until I know she is broody some of my friends say she is broody(hope she is) she sits flat on the egg yesterday she laid an egg but I took it and she got off after that .. is she broody? can she lay or go broody when alone in the coop?
new hen broody??
Mother nature knows best so the old girl has decreed that broody hens don't lay eggs. Therefor I don't think you hen is broody. This is also another reason to avoid (at all costs) staggered hatches. Asil hens BTW are good mothers. but you'll need a rooster or a source of fertile eggs to go further.
Edited by chickengeorgeto - 1/18/16 at 7:36am
well I think she s trying to build a nest since I keep taking away the eggs from her she is still in the nest on the egg now its been at least since noon and now its 7:00 pm and the other thing is that wouldn't a hen stay fertile at least 1 week or so? as I saw the rooster mate her before buying her from the owner I heard that some hens lay eggs to make a nest to hatch when theres no eggs and she always makes sounds when I come take the egg
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Ps - you can always break the oldest egg you have and check for evidence of fertility (search here on byc or google for photos)
It still is kind of rare for a lot of hens to go broody in winter but it certainly happens.
A hen will normally stay fertile about two weeks after a mating. Maybe a few days less, more likely a few days more, but somewhere around two weeks.
I tend to think like CT. She may not be full broody yet but is probably thinking about it. It’s a hormone thing. I’ve had several that act broody but are not. Some eventually go into full broody mode, some don’t. My test to see if they are broody enough to give eggs is that they need to spend two consecutive nights on the nest instead of in their favorite roosting spot. Don’t worry about what they do in the day, that’s not sufficient proof. One night is not enough. But two straight nights, I give them eggs.
Broody hens almost never lay eggs. They don’t come off the nest much to eat and drink, instead mostly live off of the fat they have stored up. They can’t afford to use that fat to make eggs. They need it to live on. With living animals I’ve learned to not say never, but it is extremely unlikely she is fully broody and laying eggs. The other reason broody hens don’t lay eggs is that the eggs hatch around 21 days after incubation starts. The eggs laid after incubation starts would not be likely to hatch. That would be a waste of energy that a broody hen does not have to spare. Nature doesn’t like that. Since you just got her she may be acting strangely because she is alone in a strange place.
If she does go broody, can you get fertile eggs from some of your friends? It sounds like you know people with chickens. You probably want her to hatch her own eggs but a few others probably would not hurt.
today she hasn't laid an egg could she have stopped so she can get broody I put yesterdays egg and a white ball to fake an egg and she just kept sitting in the broody nest it is very dark in there but the door has some wire mesh and the food is near the light where she can see them food is she trying to go broody ? please answer and give me some advice and is there a way to make her full broody?