Broody Hen?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ms.cluckling, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. ms.cluckling

    ms.cluckling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    My 7 month old Cuckoo Marans (who usually lays an egg every day bright and early at 6 am) has not been laying for about a week now, but still goes into the nesting box 2 or 3 times a day for about an hour at a time. Today I decided to put a fertile egg under her (from one of my other hens) and she just sat down on top of it after turning it for a while. Is she broody? My grandmother thinks she is too young to be broody--is 7 months too young? (she has been laying since she was 3 months old...)
    Thank you!
  2. Chicken from the hood

    Chicken from the hood Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2010
    I'm a newbie but I'm pretty sure they can go broody whenever they start laying eggs [​IMG]
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I had one go broody (and raise chicks) after she'd been laying a short time, maybe a month or so. Probably unusual, but they will do what they do. If she stays on the nest 24 / 7 I would say she is broody. Usually they will also growl when you approach and fluff up if you reach for them.

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