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a way to tell a broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by L*A*G*, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    planet chicken
    Can U tell if a hen is broody before she sets?
    Does a hen lay eggs away from the others eggs when they go broody? Can U tell by the egg shell if it is fertil?
    [​IMG] Please let me know i'm a beginner, Larra
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 22, 2008
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Can't tell if the egg is fertile unless you crack it open.

    Here is my video of a broody hen:
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    You will know she is broody when you think a Wolverine has taken the place of your hen, and she growls and tries to take your hand off if you attempt to reach under her. [​IMG]
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Quote:Yeah, what he said. [​IMG]
  5. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Huh. Mine sounds more like a velociraptor. [​IMG]
  6. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    Broodies usually start clucking and fluffing up before they actually sit on the eggs in earnest. Actual clucking, contrary to popular belief, is not a sound a chicken normally makes. It's specifically a sound a broody hen makes. If you hear your girl clucking and see her fluffing her feathers out, those are symptoms. Usually, though, the only way to know for sure if she's broody is if she sits on the eggs over night rather than going to roost. That's when I give them eggs.

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