Broody hen w/no rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1sttimefarmer, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. 1sttimefarmer

    1sttimefarmer Out Of The Brooder

    May 20, 2013
    My maran has gone broody. She is about 6 months old and had only been laying about a month before she decided that she is ready to be a mommy. The sad thing for her is that we do not have a rooster, nor do we want to hatch chicks. She has been broody for about two weeks. From what I've read, the cycle last about 3 weeks. She seems to be less willing to come out and eat/drink than she was last week. Should I give her some more time or try to break her? I don't want to go against her natural instincts but I don't want her health to suffer either. Not to mention, she isn't laying and is hogging one of our two nesting boxes.
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    I would just try to break her, if you aren't going to put fertile eggs under her. Some of them will sit a whole whole lot longer than three weeks if no chicks hatch, they don't quit sitting just because three weeks is up.

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