Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CrimsonTide248, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. CrimsonTide248

    CrimsonTide248 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it normal for a hen to go broody if there is no rooster around? We have a deformed Black Australorp hen that has gone broody and is quite comical to watch defending her eggs (hers and some other hens eggs). I figured that there needed to be a rooster around for this to happen.
     
  2. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
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    Mine is and I have no rooster. She's been sitting on eggs I bought for 20 days so hopefully sometime this weekend I'll have a few new chicks![​IMG]

    Everybody says it's the best 'bator you could own![​IMG]
     
  3. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens go broody when their hormones tell them to. Whether or not there is a rooster present is immaterial to egg production or broodiness. When their hormones tell them to brood------they brood! Like most females, the influence of males is ignored.
     
  4. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

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    Basic Biology Confucious say "Hen may sit on eggs, but without rooster, they will not hatch...".
     
  5. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

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    1Mommahen, I have always wanted to try that with store-bought eggs! I read a post about someone doing it with 100% success with Trader Joe's eggs, and it still cracks me up. Will you post pics when they hatch?
    Good Luck!
     

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