Broody Hen Thread!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FarmerBoy24, May 1, 2011.

  1. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    If she seems determined...give her some real eggs!

    It is awesome to see them hatch and brood chicks. A good broody hen is rated at 80% to 100% efficiency of hatching chicks...and your life is free from heat lamps and brooding does all the work.

    Lady of McCamley
  2. NCChickchick

    NCChickchick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2013
    Greenville, NC
    I agree with "the Lady". I started with 14 shipped eggs in Sept and divided them between the incubator and my broody Silky. The incubator produced one (1). Silky hatched four (4). Same egg shipment. These were Seramas which are supposed to be hard to hatch in any event.
    I have 4 under dual Serama/ BO mommies now. Started with 6, 1 just flat disappeared and candled tonight at day 14. 1 was just undeveloped and the rest were dark as they could be!
    These are broody mommies that are both only 6 and 7 months old. The eggs are from the 6 month old Serama. I only have one roo and he's a Serama too- 6 months old and couldn't POSSIBLY handle my Buff.
    Hope these babies hatch. Will post photos. Here's the dad
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  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Will a broody be "broken" if she hears a bunch of chicks?

    So, if she is in a dog crate on a nest, and in the next room I have a bunch of new chicks.

    I am thinking that the odds are good that something bad will happen (like she deserts the nest she is on and gets desperate trying to get to the new chicks that she can't see but can hear.)

    Is my guess likely to be correct?
  4. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2013
    Hardinsburg, Ky
    Momma took the adopted babies out today!! She is doing a great job. 1 baby did decide to try & go through the fence to visit the turkeys, & got stuck 1/2 way through. My bf pushed him back into their pen & mom pecked it on the head real good a few times. Lol Its so awesome to watch! My broody turkey goes on lockdown tomorrow! :)
  5. roheryn

    roheryn Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2013
    Northern CA
    Here is my broody Phoenix. She is about a year old, I adopted a phoenix pair at 7 months when my lovely 6 mo cochin died suddenly of a bacterial infection. She had fluffed feathers and was listless, died in under an hour. So when I saw my little phoenix all fluffy, I immediately logged in here! Was I glad to see that she is just broody! [​IMG]
    She is the lowest on the pecking order, and such a sweet hen and she never pecks me when I move her or take the eggs away. I find her in the nest every time I go out, and although there are two spaces for nesting, my four hens only use one. I literally saw one hen hopping from foot to foot, calling her egg song, and when I moved the phoenix the other ran in and laid in egg in under 5 minutes! I guess they will figure it out since I keep hearing egg songs, and she always has eggs under her. Do I just let her get it out of her system? We don't have space for more chooks (although I want them, hubby says NNNNOOOO) And of course no rooster in my city outskirts. Just keep kicking her out?



  6. NCChickchick

    NCChickchick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 7, 2013
    Greenville, NC

    I would guess that she would stay put and wait for hers. In nature other clutches would hatch around her. These mamas can be really determined.

    But I'm totally inexperienced. Maybe someone else will weigh in...
  7. Tyaloria

    Tyaloria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2014
    Worcester UK
  8. jammyjammy2112

    jammyjammy2112 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2012
    what do hens act like befor they go broody is there anyway of telling that there going to go broody in a few days or do they just go to lay an egg and not get out or something :)
  9. randerson846

    randerson846 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2013
    My incubator arrived so they are going In 12 hours woooo :D :celebrate :weee
  10. Tyaloria

    Tyaloria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2014
    Worcester UK

    My wyandotte went broody first and then my sussex copied her.
    They just sat in the nest box and refused to move and they went all big and fluffy when in there.
    I also noticed lots of feathers everywhere and turns out they were plucking themselves to line the nest with feathers!

    Im a first time hen owner so I didnt know what they were upto at first but thats what I observed with mine.
    They are now sat upon some silkie eggs (much to my husbands disgust, he says he doesnt want a metropolis of hens in the garden lol)

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