Broody Hen behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wormy270, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. wormy270

    wormy270 In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2009
    OK- Were new to chickens and I need some info. When do hens get broody? Do they all get broody sometimes, or some once a year and some never? If the hens are not with a rooster they can still get broody and will set, the eggs will just never hatch, correct.

    If they are with a rooster, and you dont want chicks do you simply remove the eggs daily from the broody hen??
  2. mxpres

    mxpres Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    I had a golden comet going broody,after the second day of pulling her off the nest i put her in a wire bottom cage,,up off the floor with no nesting material,after about 4 days her broody spell was broken and she was back to normal,make sure she has plenty of food and fresh water,mine was back laying regular after about a week,,12 gold comets= 12 eggs everyday [​IMG]
  3. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    Quote:Broodiness is caused by hormonal changes. Some breeds are more prone to become broody than others. Some go broody more often than others. Some breeds have been selectively breed not become broody at all. Even without a rooster, hens will still become broody, but the eggs are infertile, so no baby chicks. When a hen becomes broody, she will quit laying, so any eggs you find under a broody are not likely to be from her. Either another hen laid them while she was off her nest, or she stole them from another hen. Hope this answers your questions
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2009

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