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Broody Hen in WINTER?

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Last Winter was my first Winter with chickens. They were all young, being hatched the previous April or May. All were Buff Orpingtons, at that time, and they laid well all Winter.

What I am wondering is:  Is it Very Uncommon for hens to "go broody in Winter? Is this purely a Spring/Summer sort of thing?
                                      idunno

Just curious about what YOUR experiences have been.

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post #2 of 11

Mine aren't picky they go broody when they feel like it. The ducks more than the chickens.

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If you aren't living for something, you are dying for nothing.

Don't trouble Trouble until Trouble troubles you!
My lady be wary and heed to the lines of this verse: To let a fool kiss you is stupid, to let a kiss fool you is worse.

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post #3 of 11

I have 2 hens that brooded nonstop all winter long. As soon as they would raise their chicks they were right back at it. One of them just hatched again, I think it's her 6th or 7th clutch since August of last year, when she first went broody. She is an OEG/silkie mix

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post #4 of 11
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shellyd2008,

My Boss Hen, Mopsy, a Buff Orpington, has been broody over and over since Spring. I'm hoping that she stops this because she is a great 'layer".
(I may need to provide some "psychiatric counseling" for her....gotta THINK on THAT!)  hu

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....good to hear from YOU again! Glad you "survived" your trip to the "populated places"! wink

I've now got 16 Black Sex-Link PULLETS that are 15 weeks old. I expect I'll be getting quite a few eggs beginning right after Halloween, but before Thanksgiving.

Gotta start "studying-up" on recipes for Quiche !!! wink

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Why thank you! Yes I did survive, I was starving when I got home, no jalepeno's in SC!
And yes real men not only eat quiche, they enjoy it! And you know what? Real women DO pump gas!
LOL I've got both books too! What a hoot they are!

If you aren't living for something, you are dying for nothing.

Don't trouble Trouble until Trouble troubles you!
My lady be wary and heed to the lines of this verse: To let a fool kiss you is stupid, to let a kiss fool you is worse.

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If you aren't living for something, you are dying for nothing.

Don't trouble Trouble until Trouble troubles you!
My lady be wary and heed to the lines of this verse: To let a fool kiss you is stupid, to let a kiss fool you is worse.

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Ha-Ha! "Writer of Words",
I've not seen the book about Real Women pumping gas....but I had the one on Quiche about 30 years ago. VERY FUNNY!

My first wife and my eldest daughter BOTH learned to DRIVE using a military jeep. They are both good drivers! Ha-Ha! (and they can pump gas...)

The "long-green" chiles from Hatch are due at the Supermarkets now. I've gotta "stock-up" on roasted Anaheims! (Don't wanna "starve" this coming Winter!) tongueclap

-Junkmanme- old

post #7 of 11

The book was written in response to Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, it's called Real Women Don't Pump Gas: A Guide to All That is Divinely Feminine (1982) by Joyce Jillson.

The dedication tells you how it will go:
(Quote) This book is dedicated to Queen Isabella of Spain. Without her, the New World, and hence the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Hoover Dam, and Ernest Hemingway, would not have been possible-and Christopher Columbus would have ended up sipping Sangria and eating quiche in Lisbon.
Naturally, he took all the credit.

If you can ever get a copy it will make you laugh so hard!!!!

And you can read while all your hens are broody this winter!

If you aren't living for something, you are dying for nothing.

Don't trouble Trouble until Trouble troubles you!
My lady be wary and heed to the lines of this verse: To let a fool kiss you is stupid, to let a kiss fool you is worse.

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If you aren't living for something, you are dying for nothing.

Don't trouble Trouble until Trouble troubles you!
My lady be wary and heed to the lines of this verse: To let a fool kiss you is stupid, to let a kiss fool you is worse.

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post #8 of 11
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Ha-Ha!

That's GOOD Humor!

post #9 of 11

M Kraienkoppe first went broody last Oct or Nov.

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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post #10 of 11

But how in the world do the chicks survive in freezing temperatures? Do you take the chicks away from the hen, to warm them?

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RIP my son, Michael Bonham, Jr. 1972-2013

A son, brother, friend, wrestler, father, Army Airborne Ranger, wrestling coach, and so much more....

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