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Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nat2009, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. nat2009

    nat2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone give me the 411 on broody hens? Because i think mine might be broody.
     
  2. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    A hen that is going broody will be spending a great deal of time on her eggs, and that time will gradually increase to full-time. Even sweet hens will start showing personality changes, ruffling and puffing up their feathers when you come near. They also start making funny noises at you that some people describe as a growl. You'll know it when you hear it! Some biddies will also chase all the other hens out of her area - most prefer to be on their own during nesting. In the last week or so before the first pip, many hens will not get off the nest at all, either for eating or pooping. When my biddy finally had her last chick fluffed out and got off the nest, she made a poop of such collossal size I couldn't believe it!
     
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    Is that what you wanted to know, or do you want to know how to break up a broody hen?
     
  4. GreenValley

    GreenValley New Egg

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    I have a question as far as one of my hens she is laying she is about 5 eggs in her nest now but also she has 2 bantam eggs in there will she sit on them too?
     
  5. nat2009

    nat2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks !! Do you thinkI should seperste her from te other hens? This Morning I went out to get the eggs and she was just sitting thete and she had a glazed look on her face. I poked her because i heard if they are broody the will peck you and she just sat there so I don't know i guess i'll just have to see what happens! [​IMG]
     
  6. nat2009

    nat2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I think she'll sit on them. just make sure she has room for all them under her and none of them get too cold.
     
  7. GreenValley

    GreenValley New Egg

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    She should have room she is a Big Patridge rock hen
     
  8. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    GreenValley - Your broody will happily sit on any eggs. I've heard stories of determined hens sitting on anything vaguely round, like stones!
    nat2009 - How long has your hen been sitting? Is she actually sitting on some eggs? If she isn't actually on some eggs, then something else may be going on (since you mention a glazed look). Either way, I would separate her and her eggs. Keep us posted!
     
  9. nat2009

    nat2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ya there are definately eggs under her and read somewhere that they sometimes get a glazed look when they go broody. I am no expert though!
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2007
  10. nat2009

    nat2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:that is awesome it should work then!
     

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