Are you KIDDING me????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by remuda1, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. remuda1

    remuda1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2011
    Granbury, Texas
    Please tell me what is the earliest you've had a hen go broody???? I have one that has been laying for, at the most, 2 weeks. I think she's trying to go broody!! There are three of them and yesterday there were no eggs. I have three nest boxes, and of course this morning, it looked like rush hour in L.A.......... One of them was having a fit to get in a box but one of the others was in the one she wanted...... Long story short, she finally got in "her" box and just now after three hours, I made her get up. There was an egg under her and I made her go outside. I haven't been back out to see if she's back in the nest, but is it possible that she's wanting to go broody at this early stage?

    She's a cuckoo marans that is about 23 weeks old.
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Its possible but its more likely she is just working on laying an egg. I have a BO that regularly spends 3-4 hours at a stretch on the task. Since she is so new to laying, she may still be figuring it all out.
  3. Chicken Chickita

    Chicken Chickita Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2010
    Middleboro, MA
    My Silkie laid her first 7 eggs over 11 days and then went broody. I ordered some fertilized eggs for her hatch some eggs and as soon as her babies were out of the nexting box she laid 5 eggs and then went broody again. Again, I let her hatch some babies who are still with her, but the next time I'm probably not going to encourage more hatching. She seems to be pretty single minded, though. [​IMG]
  4. mommahen64

    mommahen64 Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2011
    My poor little old english game hen (bantam) sat for two days. I thought "wow...she wants to be a mom, how cute!". Then I found out she was sitting on a golf ball the whole time. She just started laying a few weeks ago.
  5. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    My black cochin laid for two weeks and went broody. I broke her of it, but it took almost 3 weeks. Good luck!
  6. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2009
    NE Wisconsin
    I agree, the young ones take their time.
  7. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    I agree w/ the above posters... My IB sat for at least 3 days. Once she finally layed the other older girls sang her praises [​IMG]

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