This is Sosoft lying in her nest Broody. When she got Broody she sat around in her nest with her feathers up and she said"BOCK,BOCK,BOCK,BOCK!!!!!!!!!!!" She also stopped laying when she was Broody and refused to leave the coop. She kept pecking and kicking Nugget and Cadbury until they were too afraid to go in the coop to lay or roost,so they layed eggs in a bush and we put them on their perch every night. When Hens get Broody they sweat,so it is good to put and ice bag or wet cloth on their face and head. Also be aware that Broody Hens can get violent towards their flock when Broody because they are trying to defend their (invisible) Chicks.They will stay in the coop even when they have no eggs under them. They will a sit on other Chickens eggs. Broodiness is caused by a hen sitting on a clutch of eggs, so if you want to avoid Broodiness collect your Chickens eggs in the morning or mid afternoon and never at roosting time. Also you can take Advantage of Broody hens by having them sit on fertile eggs and hatch Baby Chicks.Even if there is no rooster in the flock hens still go Broody. Broodiness lasts about two or three weeks.
Edited by Cadbury22 - 2/16/16 at 4:38am