Broody Hen and Pecking Order

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jdgrell, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. jdgrell

    jdgrell In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2009

    I have a question on broody hens. My Blue Wyandotte started brooding 3 weeks ago, we don't have a rooster so her efforts are in vain. We pull any eggs each day so she is sitting on an empty nest.

    She seems to be doing fine, but the other chickens are really picking on her. When she get's off the nest the others tear into her. Way beyond the typical pecking order scuffles we have had in the past.

    I am not worrying about it too much, but wanted to check in and see if this was normal.


  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    From what I've read if she's broody, you either need to give her something to hatch or break her being broody. They don't eat much when they are broody, so it's not good for her to stay that way long term.

    They will go broody with or without a rooster, it's just her hormones saying she wants to be a mom.

    How often does she get off the nest? Is there blood involved?

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