Broody hens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kmac1, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. Kmac1

    Kmac1 ChickenAddict

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    Is there any time of year that hens go broody. My pullets are jUst starting to lay. Was wondering when they may start to go broody.
     
  2. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens may go broody any time of year, but it is most common during the warmer months, when I believe their hormones spike up.
     
  3. Kmac1

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    Thank you, I see your avatar is a Bramha, I have 3 Bramahas, 2 roosters and a hen. My one rooster is mounting my pullets I think before they are ready. The reason I think this because they don't squat for him he just jumps on them and coerces them down. Does that sound right.
     
  4. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is normal for some roosters, while others will take a less aggressive route of what I like to call "flirting" before they mate. It's where they lower one wing to the ground and dance in circles around the hen, and the hen will decide whether to squat or not. Other roosters, typically young or aggressive, will just hop on whenever they get a chance.
     
  5. Kmac1

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    Should I keep this rooster or give him to my nephew. I have a RIR that I like and will keep
     
  6. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's up to you, but if you like the RIR, and the other one seems too aggressive, then I would give him away.
     

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