9 month old hen seems broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KayKayCakes, Mar 18, 2018.

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  1. KayKayCakes

    KayKayCakes In the Brooder

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    hello! My 9 month old hen has been acting broody for a week or so, laying on her and her sisters eggs and spending most of her day there in the nesting box. I can remove her but she goes right back in as soon as she gets access. I believe she is an Araucana. She seems healthy. Is this unusual for a hen her age? I was under the impression hens don’t go broody so young. Thanks so much for any advice!
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    Not unusual. Do you want her to hatch eggs? If not, you might want to look thru threads on How to break a broody hen. Because she will probably not give up on her own.
     
  3. 4 Georgia Hens

    4 Georgia Hens Crowing

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    If she’s laying, anything is possible!
     
  4. Swastik Choudhari

    Swastik Choudhari Songster

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    Its not unusual, but give but if it was my case i would give her less eggs than usually i do give to incubate. As such to test how mother she is, good one or the bad one(trial round). And also the first time mother are amateur in mothering. So good luck with her. Keep updating the hatching :jumpy
     
  5. ashlierami

    ashlierami Songster

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    It's not unusual for her age my then 7 month old partridge silkie hatched her first chick Christmas day and my current 8 month old white silkie is hatching out today. If you want chicks let her brood. If not then you will have to break her from it if she's broody her mind is set.
     
  6. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    Not unusual, my 7 month old Black Australop went broody after the first clutch of her eggs (a month after first egg laying). Broke her by putting her in a small cage hanging 6 inches above the run floor w/ food and water, was successful after 3 days. And she went back laying after couple of weeks.
     

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