broody hen help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by snlconner, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. snlconner

    snlconner Out Of The Brooder

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    My hen had been sitting on her nest for two days only getting up for water. Day 3 and she's been up for most of this morning. Did she give up? Do I leave the eggs and see if she goes back to them?
     
  2. CochinLover1

    CochinLover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Leave the eggs. I would give her a day. Is she walking around fluffed up, clucking at the others?
     
  3. snlconner

    snlconner Out Of The Brooder

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    I have not noticed that, haven't really seen her, just checked the nest and she wasn't there. After not being there for awhile this morning.
     
  4. CochinLover1

    CochinLover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hm. Is this her first time going broody?
     
  5. snlconner

    snlconner Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes this is her first time.
     
  6. CochinLover1

    CochinLover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She might be "playing" with the idea. If she is still not on the nest tomorrow morning or tonight, I'd say that she is not serious. Come spring, she might try it again, she sounds like she has the potential.
     
  7. snlconner

    snlconner Out Of The Brooder

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    She's back on the nest!
     
  8. CochinLover1

    CochinLover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, great!
     
  9. Gret4325

    Gret4325 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, you will have to excuse me, I am a rookie at this but what is "broody?"
     
  10. CochinLover1

    CochinLover1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "broody" is when a hen sits on a batch of eggs, trying to hatch them. It is kinda've a mother trance the hen will go into. They will sit on the nest, not drink or eat much, until they have chicks, or if they're new moms, until they give up.
     

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