broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by westonloveschickens, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. westonloveschickens

    westonloveschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    how can i tell if a hen is broody becuase i might know a hen that has gone broody me and my freind have long awaited this moment if she has

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    she lays on some eggs that are already in the cat cube ( is that good or is she just trying to lay another egg )
     
  2. Chickapooh23

    Chickapooh23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, she will sit on eggs and doesn't like to get off, but there is a marked change in her personality. She'll puff up her feathers and will cluck very aggressively and may even attack you or peck you if you try to remove eggs . Image PMS X 1000. I have a hen that I call a sitter. She likes to sit on a nest of eggs but has never gone broody. Sometimes she will sit there for an hour or four. I always let her get by with it because she was my best layers but she has never gone broody.
     
  3. westonloveschickens

    westonloveschickens Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah thats what the hen was doing she would just sit on the eggs for and hour or so then she would get off then lay on them again for a half hour then get off and stay off and now shes now she wont sit on them
     
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A true broody who's ready to set will stay on the nest overnight and all day long, only getting up for food - and often not that either. I don't give eggs to a broody until she has been staying on the nest consistently for a couple of days. I also have one broody who doesn't get mean. She's just as sweet while brooding as she ever was, so you can't always tell by the personality change.
     

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