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Broody Hen in WINTER?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Junkmanme, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last Winter was my first Winter with chickens. They were all young, being hatched the previous April or May. All were Buff Orpingtons, at that time, and they laid well all Winter.

    What I am wondering is: Is it Very Uncommon for hens to "go broody in Winter? Is this purely a Spring/Summer sort of thing?

    Just curious about what YOUR experiences have been.

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  2. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Mine aren't picky they go broody when they feel like it. The ducks more than the chickens.
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I have 2 hens that brooded nonstop all winter long. As soon as they would raise their chicks they were right back at it. One of them just hatched again, I think it's her 6th or 7th clutch since August of last year, when she first went broody. She is an OEG/silkie mix
  4. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps


    My Boss Hen, Mopsy, a Buff Orpington, has been broody over and over since Spring. I'm hoping that she stops this because she is a great 'layer".
    (I may need to provide some "psychiatric counseling" for her....gotta THINK on THAT!) [​IMG]

    Writer of Words

    ....good to hear from YOU again! Glad you "survived" your trip to the "populated places"! [​IMG]

    I've now got 16 Black Sex-Link PULLETS that are 15 weeks old. I expect I'll be getting quite a few eggs beginning right after Halloween, but before Thanksgiving.

    Gotta start "studying-up" on recipes for Quiche !!! [​IMG]

    "Do REAL MEN eat Quiche? [​IMG]

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Why thank you! Yes I did survive, I was starving when I got home, no jalepeno's in SC!
    And yes real men not only eat quiche, they enjoy it! And you know what? Real women DO pump gas!
    LOL I've got both books too! What a hoot they are!
  6. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ha-Ha! "Writer of Words",
    I've not seen the book about Real Women pumping gas....but I had the one on Quiche about 30 years ago. VERY FUNNY!

    My first wife and my eldest daughter BOTH learned to DRIVE using a military jeep. They are both good drivers! Ha-Ha! (and they can pump gas...)

    The "long-green" chiles from Hatch are due at the Supermarkets now. I've gotta "stock-up" on roasted Anaheims! (Don't wanna "starve" this coming Winter!) [​IMG] [​IMG]

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  7. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    The book was written in response to Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, it's called Real Women Don't Pump Gas: A Guide to All That is Divinely Feminine (1982) by Joyce Jillson.

    The dedication tells you how it will go:
    (Quote) This book is dedicated to Queen Isabella of Spain. Without her, the New World, and hence the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Hoover Dam, and Ernest Hemingway, would not have been possible-and Christopher Columbus would have ended up sipping Sangria and eating quiche in Lisbon.
    Naturally, he took all the credit.

    If you can ever get a copy it will make you laugh so hard!!!!

    And you can read while all your hens are broody this winter!
  8. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps


    That's GOOD Humor!
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    M Kraienkoppe first went broody last Oct or Nov.
  10. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    But how in the world do the chicks survive in freezing temperatures? Do you take the chicks away from the hen, to warm them?

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