Broody at 24 weeks???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChickenLove123, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. ChickenLove123

    ChickenLove123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a leghorn/orpington cross who started laying at 19 weeks (so she's been laying regularly for about five weeks now). For the past two days, she's not left the nest much. Before yesterday, I had never seen her in the nest, although that's where she leaves her eggs. Now she is in there every time I look. She has come out for treats, but she goes right back to the nesting box.

    Her tail feathers look a little shaggy, maybe from rubbing on the wall of the nesting box.

    Yesterday she didn't lay an egg, but she did today. She usually lays for 12 (or so) days in a row, then takes one day off. Yesterday could've been her one day off.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Karen09

    Karen09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is possible, I have a friend who has a broody about the same age. I am going to give her some fertile eggs to hatch. If you don't want her to hatch eggs, you need to put her in a wire cage or in a place where she has to roost. I have a coop that I had a broody stop being broody because the only place to stand was to roost or be outside. Within a week, she stopped being broody.
     

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