barbu duccles

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by emmaellis111, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all, this is probably the most stupid question ever but Do barbu d'uccles get broody a certain month?
    I have a cockerel hes 7-8 months and hes not trud my hens yet? I thought they have rumpy pumpy all the time? Help im new to chickens [​IMG] emma
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    In my experience when a hen gets it in her head to go broody, she'll go broody. Whether it's in the middle of winter, or spring! I'm not familiar with D'uccles, so I don't know at which age they'll mature and start laying, go broody, but once a hen is laying, it can be any time…. or never. The cockbird should start treading the hens when he senses they are ready to start laying, but note, that is a "should".
     
  3. emmaellis111

    emmaellis111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your post, do u or anyone know do they get broody often or not so,as I really want to have some chicks, and is there a particular age when a hen has or wants chicks as mine are only 7 months but I was told they won't get broody till there one? Any one ?? Xx
     
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    Again, it's down to hormones and the individual hen. I had hens that never ever went broody and I had ex-battery hens go broody and hatch chicks, though they were supposed to be non-broody. One hen that I will always remember fondly laid 13 eggs, 12 of them in a secret nest since we confiscated her first one, and hatched 12 chicks. She raised them, weaned them, laid 12 eggs in another secret nest, hatched them…. over and over [​IMG] You should ask some of the D'Uccle breeders here about their experience with the breed. You'll find some of them here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/269521/duccle-thread/0_30
     

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