Broody hens but no roosters?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by happinesshill, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. happinesshill

    happinesshill Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey. I am new to raising chickens. I don't have any roosters (that I know of, two of my babies are quite young and it's hard to tell just yet) but I have full grown hens that are becoming broody and acting weird. I thought they would only get broody if there was a rooster around? Is this wrong? I guess that is what they are doing.....they are puffing out their feathers and crouching and running in circles and all around making a low clucking sound and won't let me pick them up for anything when usually I can quite easily.
    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex

    Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex Chillin' With My Peeps

    That doesn't sound broody. Broodies will sit in a nest and stare blankly off into the distance until disturbed. Then, most will growl, hiss, squawk, and bite but will NOT get up except once a day to eat, drink, and poo.

    And they can go broody without a rooster. The chickens don't know they need one to have chicks. All the hens know is you sit on eggs, the eggs should hatch!
     
  3. Greenleggedhatch

    Greenleggedhatch Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds like they are broody to me. Do you know anybody that has some fertile eggs to put under them, or do you want to raise more?
     

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