Originally Posted by chippysmom327
Troyer, those are breathtaking!
Quick question: My hen has been doing broody poops for the last few days now. She had one egg last evening that she was sitting on, then was on the roost at night. Then this morning she was just on the egg again. I let her out and she went out but I haven't seen if she's back sitting on it or not. It'd be so awesome if she went broody because I have some eggs in the bator now, and I could give her a few.
So the question is, why the broody poop?
Basically a 'broody poo' is just a poop that has been put off for an extended number of hours. A bird doesn't have to be broody to have them, they can happen any time a bird feels it can't go whenever it wants. So although much larger than normal, they aren't exclusive to broodies.... though broodies are what they are associated with, simply because they so rarely get off of the nest when incubating.
Now, that being said... it doesn't mean your girl isn't getting into a broody mood... You can't make it happen, it is hormonal, but you can help encourage her by making sure she has a draft free box with minimum of harassment from other flock members, preferably dimly lit, and place 'fake eggs' into it and cross your fingers.
edit to add... and Gracie is hatching her latest now... she was due late this evening, but first pips were yesterday morning. We didn't bother her last night, but today DH checked and she has 5 out and dry, egg #6 still hasn't hatched and he didn't keep her up long enough to check for pip or zip, so don't know it's status.
Edited by fisherlady - 4/5/14 at 7:45am