At what age/when do hens get broody???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Willow's Meadow, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    My Buff Orpington and Brahma chickens are 8 months old and they're not broody. I was just wondering what age do chickens get broody??? Is their a certain age??? I don't know very much about broody chickens......well I know what a chicken being broody is but I just don't know a lot about it.
  2. Cat Water

    Cat Water That Person

    Jul 4, 2010
    Mid Coast Maine
    There isn't a specific age other than after they start laying. Really the hen chooses when and how often she goes broody.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Some hens never do, like my flock of brahmas.

    Then you get some that are listed (on Henderson's Chicken Chart) as "can" go broody and they go broody at 7 months old, like my SF.

    It's an individual thing.
  4. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    Long Island NY
    my EE started laying at 16 weeks and went broody at 18 weeks.
  5. CathyM

    CathyM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    Excuse me for asking my question in your post, but it's related: Can they go semi-broody?? I have an 9 month old who wants to sit on eggs if they are there, but rarely lasts more than a couple hours, and will leave if I take the eggs (not happily, but she'll leave)...
  6. alaskachick

    alaskachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    My brahmas are 10 months old. No sign of broodiness and have laid eggs everyday since they were 6 months old.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:She might be just thinking about going broody or she might just like to sit and contemplate the enormity of the egg she laid.
  8. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    Quote:I have a buff orp that does that. Had a riot in the hen house because she was on the favorite nest box. The caterwalling went on for over 4 hrs. The roo went and hid in the carport, poor guy.
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  9. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:I have an EE that just seems to like sitting on the nest for a long time - sometimes it takes a good 2hrs before she comes off the nest. I have never made her get up because she eventually leaves on her own. I always figured she just needed some "alone" time??
  10. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    My eight-month old Black Cochin Morgan went broody this week. I put her right into broody treatment - the wire cage with fan blowing under her - and after three days, she's finally back to normal. Some breeds, cochins, silkies, Brahmas, are especially broody-prone. If you have one of these broody breeds, they can go broody any time now.

    But yes, some hens can go partially broody. I have a four-year old Brahma who can't resist keeping a nest-full of eggs warm until I collect them - then she'll leave. Another junior Brahma has pulled out her belly feathers and likes to warm eggs until I pull them out from under her.

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