am I broody? (pic)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Christie Rhae, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does this describe a broody hen? She is BR, about 10 months old, she sits in the nest box most of the day and night. She will get up and eat once in awhile and she does not always go back to the same nest box. I collect eggs (no rooster) so sometimes she is sitting on nothing but a golf ball. She does not lay an egg after sitting in that box for hours. She does not try to bite me or anything and will let me feel underneath her for eggs but she does not get up or shoo off easily. The other night I had to pick her up and push her out of the nest to get her to go eat. I am considering getting a couple random fertile eggs from a friend just for the adventure of a hen with chicks. I read that the hen helps chicks assimilate into the flock easier. That would be cute.
    I am going to incubate some eggs that will be arriving in two weeks that are important to me so would not have an incubator available if she decided she was done being broody before chicks hatched. Sigh...decisions... all part of the chicken adventure I guess.

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  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heehee, that there is a broody!

    Good luck with the fertile eggs!
     
  3. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i wish my broody was that pleasant. she does a hard cold stare and glares without even looking at my. if i reach my hand in, her feathers ruffle and make her look double sized and she starts growling. i get too close, and she tries to take a piece outta me
     
  4. LovinMyHensInNC!

    LovinMyHensInNC! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Definitely put some fertile eggs under her! She should sit on them until they hatch if she has just gone broody.

    I have done the chick raising thing on my own and after letting one of my hens do the raising, I will never, I repeat never raise chicks without a hen again. It is sooooo much easier and such a great experience. I have a broody right now and have an order of chicks coming that I will slip under her because I don't want to worry about roosters but for me, I would rather wait for one of my hens to go broody to grow my flock than to do it on my own because they do such a good job of raising the babies. Go for it!... [​IMG]
     
  5. hazen

    hazen Out Of The Brooder

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    YUP!!!! Have Fun!
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Biggest clues to a broody: On the nest at night AND assumes the "pancake" position. [​IMG]

    Have fun!
     
  7. Cindlady

    Cindlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She looks like my broody little hen! [​IMG]

    H C...I like how you call it the "pancake" position. [​IMG] Mine looks like she's about an inch high with a little knob head. [​IMG]

    Yes, sounds like she's broody.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Now all you need are some eggs! Search the hatching egg auctions, and you'll be set!
     
  9. Cindlady

    Cindlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got her some Mon. from someone on CL. Then I found out today the neighbor's daughter had some I could have had for free! [​IMG] Oh well, I got breeds I wanted and only paid .50 ea. Got 9, paid for 8 because he wasn't there when I came to pick them up. And they are FRESH, he went out to the coop to get them! [​IMG]
     
  10. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sweet! fresh is best! [​IMG]

    i haven't gotten any eggs since mine went broody [​IMG]

    there are 3 sussex hens and a banty hen. the nest box is one long box, and she keeps rolling the fresh eggs underneath her

    i plan to normally incubate, but she went so broody so quick, that i decided to let her have her "fun," so the non-divided nest box usually isn't a problem
     
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