Broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by diana3b4, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. diana3b4

    diana3b4 New Egg

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    Hi I have a EE Americana mix. She started laying around age 4 1/2 months old and she went broody back in the middle of June and hasn't laid and agg since. I Broke her broodiness in 2 days. But is it ok that she hasn't laid or what can I do to help her???
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    She will resume when she can. It can take weeks before they start up again after being broody. Americana are sporadic layer and will often lay and than quit for a while throughout the season.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Something likely not right. When I have a hen go broody and clutch is busted up, it seldom takes two weeks before egg production resumes. Exceptions involve older hens (5 years and older) and hens in known questionable health.

    This time of year you can expect many hens to come out of lay with onset of heavy molt.
     
  4. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody hen will usually take 2-3 weeks to start laying but sometimes longer.
    When I let her set, it was a total of 12 weeks from onset of broodiness to first egg laid again.
    Is your hen molting??? My dominant hen is molting, feathers everywhere. No tail feathers right now!
    Just make sure she is well fed and not obviously sick.
    Other than that, not much you can do other than wait her out.
     
  5. diana3b4

    diana3b4 New Egg

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    She's not molting eating and drinking normally and is very active
     
  6. diana3b4

    diana3b4 New Egg

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    No molting. And is very normal and active
     
  7. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then she is just normal chicken.
     
  8. diana3b4

    diana3b4 New Egg

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    Ok thank you
     
  9. Chang1993

    Chang1993 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are my hatchly and broody hen.

    A Mille Fluer D'uccle bantam hen with 7 chicks.
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    A Thai hen with 10 chicks.
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    A Game hen x RIR sitting on 10 eggs.
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    Lastly two Thai hens. Mother and Daughter.
    Mother sits on 12 eggs.
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    Daughter also sits on 12 eggs.
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    Just too many broodies and newly hatch chicks.
     

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