Ok so I have 6 production Rhode Island Red hens that are 6 months old(and a rooster). One of them will go broody and sit on eggs from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. She has done this for several days. as soon as the lights go out in the coop/evening, she leaves the nest. Are the lights going off the reason she gets off the nest? When she's on the nest she hunkers down, hisses and makes broody noises in general. Mine are pretty docile and none of them have ever pecked me. Any reason other than broodiness that she would spend so long on the nest? I am really hoping she stays broody, so I don't have to buy $100 incubator. Please help! All the best, Clay.
50% Broody RIR Hen/Part time broodiness.
she's not that broody. They can take hours to lay eggs and will do that. AGES. they can take ages. Then when they are going broody, they can mess it up a few times by just half doing it at first. so it's a bit of a mix. are you sure it's all day ? maybe only when you are around. Broody hens do poop the size of an egg and you'd see them laying about too.
I think she's just messing up on being broody and doing it half-time. She DOES poop the size off an egg, goose egg sized at that. What I did is I quarantined her to the nesting box area with seperate food and water from the others. She has been sitting on the nest since then. Wish me luck! I will try to post photos of her sometime possibly.