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Is she thinking about going broody?

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I have a hen born in May 2015. She was supposed to be a jersey giant from a feed store, but she looks like a mixed black chicken. She is always in the best box when I go collect eggs. She usually jumps right off.
The past couple of weeks the temp got down to 20's and stayed really cold. I noticed no matter when I collected all the eggs were warm. I knew she probably wasn't broody because she roosted at night.
Today she didn't get off the eggs when I opened the door. As I stood there she kept scooting the eggs underneath her. I got her off and took the eggs. Is this a sign she is thinking about going broody? Is that even a thing?
I don't think she's laying right now.
I'd actually like to have a broody. I'd like to hatch a few and I don't have an incubator.
post #2 of 7

She might be. When my silkie went broody, she just started staying in the nest instead of roosting. She pecked my hand when i reached in the box. She normally would have left the box when I reached in. She also makes different noises since going broody.

 

Hope your girl is broody! Good luck!

post #3 of 7
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I hope she is! I really want to hatch some ameraucanas!
post #4 of 7

It sounds like she is thinking about it. Mine would do that for a couple of days before committing to be broody or not.

 

Did she go back on the nest after you took her out? I would mark a couple of dummy eggs and leave them in a nest box and watch to see if she stays on them. I wouldn't give her expensive eggs until you know she will stay. If she stays on the nest overnight it would mean she is broody. The thread below has lots of good info about broodies.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/457488/old-fashioned-broody-hen-hatch-a-long-and-informational-thread

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Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

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post #5 of 7
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Thanks! I have 3 fake eggs I'll give her tomorrow to see! I wish I would have thought to check tonight! I'll try tomorrow!
post #6 of 7
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Also, I have one fake egg that stays in one box. Yesterday, it was moved to another box and on top of other eggs. I guess she moved it?!
post #7 of 7

Yes I have seen my broodies steal eggs from another nest frequently!  It is amazing to watch them do it without hands or pockets!

 

That is why I always marks eggs i give my broody and check every day to make sure she hasn't acquired to many. Otherwise end up with to many eggs that quit, or a stagger hatch.

Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

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Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

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