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Adventures in broodyland - postpartum broodiness?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greginshasta, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. greginshasta

    greginshasta Songster

    Jul 26, 2007
    Mount Shasta, CA
    Our dear Momma Maran became broody in the spring so we gave her fertile eggs from a friend (we didn't have roosters at that point), she sat on them and hatched out 5 at the end of May.

    She did a wonderful job caring for her chicks and teaching them how to be chickens, only separating herself from them after they were well prepared for independence. Took a little while but she started laying again and had returned to her normal sweet self.

    Here it is only a few months later, and there she sits in a nesting box (sitting on nothing but her fluffy butt and the bedding - no eggs). Arghhh! I don't want more chicks just now, so she's not getting any fertile eggs unless someone convinces me otherwise, and I'd really prefer she were just laying those beautiful mahogany eggs again.

    Is this typical that a hen would become broody more than once a year?

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