Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nat2009, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. nat2009

    nat2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you tell if a hen is broody or not? Can some one give me some hints.
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Well....she will set on her nest...and not come off. Some hens, if you try to approach her...she will make the most awfull screach/growl and puff up her feathers.
     
  3. nat2009

    nat2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    She puffs up her feathers and Stuff. I wanted the eggs under her so I poked her with a stick so she would move she just pecked the chicken.
     
  4. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she's still sitting after everyone is cooped up at night, then she's definitely broody! When she does get off the nest for eating and drinking, she will be sort of puffed up and clucking some. She'll move around quickly and steer clear of the others more than usual.
    Amy J.
     
  5. nat2009

    nat2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Your Sure? Because i'm pretty sure that she stayed on the nest after dark.
     
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  6. DementedHam

    DementedHam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is what broody chickens do. It's funny because when they are still broody and with chickies, they will scracth for food in a zombie-like fashion.

    Do you have a broody chicken? and if you do... what kind?
     
  7. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup! If she's still sitting after dark she's broody! Watch her when she comes out for eating and drinking, she'll be clucky and fluffy. Mark her eggs with a pencil so you can collect the other eggs if another hen lays in her nest. Give it a few days and then "candle" the eggs to see what's happening. I'm assuming you have a roo and want babies?
    Amy J.
     
  8. motherhen

    motherhen Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 broody hens, does anyone know how long it takes before they get back to business of laying eggs? Ones a silkie and the other a mix of sorts both bantams.
     

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