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What does Broody mean?

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Doesnt broody mean that your hens are laying eggs?  Isnt that the point?  Dont you want your hens or pullets to go broody? Does going brody mean something else?

post #2 of 14

Broody means a hen wants to sit on some eggs and incubate them.


 

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post #3 of 14

Broody= a hen wishing to sit on eggs to be a mommy!

Hi, I am Debbie! I have a DH, 5 children, 7 grandchildren, I'm a quilter, I have 2 chihuahuas, 1 cat and not enough chickens at the present time.
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Hi, I am Debbie! I have a DH, 5 children, 7 grandchildren, I'm a quilter, I have 2 chihuahuas, 1 cat and not enough chickens at the present time.
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How do you know if they have gone broody?  What do they do?  Can you put a golf ball in the nest if they want to sit on an egg?  If they are sitting on the nest, do they stop producing eggs?

post #5 of 14

Yes! If they sit on the nest most of the time, they won't lay eggs until their broodiness is broke.

Hi, I am Debbie! I have a DH, 5 children, 7 grandchildren, I'm a quilter, I have 2 chihuahuas, 1 cat and not enough chickens at the present time.
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Hi, I am Debbie! I have a DH, 5 children, 7 grandchildren, I'm a quilter, I have 2 chihuahuas, 1 cat and not enough chickens at the present time.
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post #6 of 14

My hens brood more then you would care to know. A broody hen stays on her nest all day and night, and if you come near she will shriek and scream and growl, and her feathers will all stand up. When she takes a break she will act plenty weird, like holding her wings out, fluffing up until she is barely recognizable as a chicken, and holding her tail up high. She won't poop in the nest, so she just defecates during her breaks. Broodies are famous for their extraordinarily large and smelly poops. Another trait is that they cluck, and that their breasts have been plucked bare.
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post #7 of 14

Broody means, a hen has a want to sit on eggs and hatch out some chicks.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein
Had chickens for 2,499 days! -And counting!
Information on Fowl Pox, Coccidiosis & Mareks Disease.
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Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein
Had chickens for 2,499 days! -And counting!
Information on Fowl Pox, Coccidiosis & Mareks Disease.
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post #8 of 14

Does a rooster need to be present for a hen to go broody?  If the egg is not fertilized will she still be broody or do hens get broody only with fertilized eggs?

post #9 of 14

Rooster doesn't matter.  They can go broody without a roo.

Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

 

Join us for the Easter Hatch-a-long!

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post #10 of 14

is it important to break them of this? I have a broody hen that the rest seem to be laying eggs around her. How do you break them of the broodiness?

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