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19 week California white

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CoryRed, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. CoryRed

    CoryRed Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello eveyone! New to the site and I have a few questions being new to owning chickens. I live in the city and have 2 production reds and a California white. OK so my question is, what does broody mean? All my girls are 18 weeks old. There not squatting but I did hear the egg song once about 4 days ago. [​IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. CoryRed

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    Should I be ready for eggs anytime or expect a fee weeks yet?
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    "broody" refers to a hen who is in the hatching state of mind -- a broody hen's hormones have told her that she wants to lay, accumulate and then set/hatch a clutch of eggs and mother a batch of chicks. Some hens go their entire lives and never become broody (many production breeds have had the broodiness bred out of them in the interest of maximizing their egg production since a hen stops laying while she is hatching eggs/raising chicks) and others are seemingly in a constant state of broodiness.
     
  4. CoryRed

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    Awesome! Thank you! I have just put in there nesting boxes and this morning they were all disturbed and looked to be used. I'm going nuts waiting for eggs!
     

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