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How often does a chicken go broody??

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I have a buff orprington that just turned 1 year old last week.  She went broody in January, then again on April 1st, and now today.  The first two times, I separated her and put her in a cage with a wire bottom for three days and she got over it.  But, it has happened again today.  We live in the city and can't have any more than 4 chickens (which is what we have now), so I don't want to give her fertilized eggs to hatch.  I also don't really have room to separate her constantly (once in a while it will be fine, but not on a monthly basis).  Is this normal to go broody this often??  Will it continue to be like this?  I have someone that is willing to take her but my kids are so sad to be giving her away since this was our first year raising chickens.  Any thoughts?

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This sounds like my BO.  Broody every chance she gets.  Ours couldn't possibly give us all the eggs we eat, so I gave up trying to stop her broodiness.  After 2 years we did let her hatch out a clutch of eggs, and she hasn't been broody since.  Coincidence?  Hmmmmmm.........  The broodiness had gotten so bad, if she started to lay I would suspect her on the verge of broodiness, and often, sure enough, 9 days later..........

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My Silkies go broody about every other month. I will give them eggs, they will hatch and raise them, go back to being normal for a few weeks, then back to broody. I have 3 broodies right now, with 1 on a nest that just hatched. So 4 birds out of egg laying comission.

Other hens dont go broody at all. Just depends on the bird.

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I have had hens (of broody breeds) brood and raise 4 or more lots of chicks in a years time.

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