Broody hen

mando4mary74

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I had a broody hen a couple of weeks ago and after separating her in a broody breaking cage, she came out of it after a few days. While I am very glad she is no longer broody, she hasn't laid an egg for a week now. I'm wondering if it's normal for them to stop laying after they've been broody? How long should it take for her to start laying again? Thanks a million!!!!
 

apryl29

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I had a broody who took a while (several weeks) to start laying again after she hatched her eggs. I think it's pretty normal b/c they stop laying eggs when they go broody and then it takes them a little while to get back going again.
 

EggSighted4Life

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I had a broody hen a couple of weeks ago and after separating her in a broody breaking cage, she came out of it after a few days. While I am very glad she is no longer broody, she hasn't laid an egg for a week now. I'm wondering if it's normal for them to stop laying after they've been broody? How long should it take for her to start laying again? Thanks a million!!!!
COMPLETELY normal.

How long it takes to return to lay can vary depending on HOW long they were broody for and such... Usually about a week for those who break right away. Broodyness AND laying are both effected by hormones and they don't seem to change just instantly. :)

You should be back in eggs soon! :thumbsup
 

EggSighted4Life

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I had a broody who took a while (several weeks) to start laying again after she hatched her eggs. I think it's pretty normal b/c they stop laying eggs when they go broody and then it takes them a little while to get back going again.
My broody's that actually hatch or raise chicks... usually take at least 5 weeks before returning to lay... or close to the time she is getting ready to boot them. :)
 

aart

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I had a broody hen a couple of weeks ago and after separating her in a broody breaking cage, she came out of it after a few days. While I am very glad she is no longer broody, she hasn't laid an egg for a week now. I'm wondering if it's normal for them to stop laying after they've been broody? How long should it take for her to start laying again? Thanks a million!!!!
Could take a week or two....or if she's ~18 months old and you'rein the northern hemisphere... she could go into a molt and not lay again until that's over with and the day get longer again.
 

EggSighted4Life

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Could take a week or two....or if she's ~18 months old and you'rein the northern hemisphere... she could go into a molt and not lay again until that's over with and the day get longer again.
Oddly, many of my broody's (who are allowed to sit and raise a clutch) actually have little mini molts while they are raising their young... and have never done a "normal" yearly molt... it may be an undiscovered side benefit of broody's... doing their molt when they already aren't laying! :yesss:
 

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