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Okay I was wondering what all the broody symptoms are?

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Hello!  Broodie hens will want to set on the nest constantly.  They will puff up or growl when you try and take the eggs.  Often, they'll scurry around and eat drink and have an ENORMOUS poo, then run right back to the nest.

 

They often pull out their breast feathers so that their skin can come in direct contact with the eggs.  The broody hen also stops laying. 

 

That's about all I can think of.  Have a fantastic day,

Sharon

Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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Currently keeping a flock of 14 chickens, one rooster and 13 hens.  I have three Easter Eggers, three Golden Buffs, two Marans and six Buff Brahmas.  My hobbies are gardening, chicken keeping, and beekeeping.  I'm married with two sons, a step son and daughter, and two really cute grandkids!
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also the tell tale sign is if she is sitting on the nest at night. i have never seen a chicken sit on a nest at night unless she was broody. also after a while she will begin to get paler and loose coloration in her face. all three of my experiences with broody hens, i have noticed their face getting paler and paler

I have 6 happy black star hens Niecy, Nantee, Violet, Chickira, Alice, and Kayla. 2 buff orpington hens Goldie and Tweety, 3 barred rock hens named Salt, Pepper, and Rocky. 3 white rocks named Shirley, Gurdy, and Patsy. 2 speckled sussex named Freckles and Ruby. 2 new hampshire reds named Reba and Ginger. And Duke, my delaware rooster.And 2 brand new chicks who hatched on 6/12/12
 

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I have 6 happy black star hens Niecy, Nantee, Violet, Chickira, Alice, and Kayla. 2 buff orpington hens Goldie and Tweety, 3 barred rock hens named Salt, Pepper, and Rocky. 3 white rocks named Shirley, Gurdy, and Patsy. 2 speckled sussex named Freckles and Ruby. 2 new hampshire reds named Reba and Ginger. And Duke, my delaware rooster.And 2 brand new chicks who hatched on 6/12/12
 

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Yes to all of the above, and a wilted comb. Some hens are protective of their eggs, but my only hen to go broody is totally fine with me lifting her up or reaching under her. The first time she went broody I thought she was sick, but she just wanted some babies :)

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Yes to all of the above, and a wilted comb. Some hens are protective of their eggs, but my only hen to go broody is totally fine with me lifting her up or reaching under her. The first time she went broody I thought she was sick, but she just wanted some babies :)

y did you think she was sick and not roody? I am in a delima myself

Me,hubby of almost 24 yrs. homeschool mom to a wonderful, great, awesome daughter, 2 cats sassy and sammy, blue heeler rascal,aquarium,  petunia barred rock, 2 Easter Egger hens, 1 Easter Egger Rooster,2 Jersey Giant hens <3   <3   <3
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Me,hubby of almost 24 yrs. homeschool mom to a wonderful, great, awesome daughter, 2 cats sassy and sammy, blue heeler rascal,aquarium,  petunia barred rock, 2 Easter Egger hens, 1 Easter Egger Rooster,2 Jersey Giant hens <3   <3   <3
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I have a Barred Rock that has all the above "symptoms" ... stayed in nest all day/overnight, crouches & puffs feathers up, growls at us, HUGE stinky poo about once every 2 days, droopy comp ... I isolated her in our basement a week ago and no change in behavior, but now think I need to got the "broody breaker box" route. Was about to de-worm her, but I really thinks she's gone broody. Only 4 girls in our lot, so no chicks to be had :(

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