Broody hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by estpr13, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. estpr13

    estpr13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a NH broody hen who has hatched at least 3 chicks so far and is still sitting tight. Yesterday I noticed that she had a very small comb compared to all the other hens.

    My question(s) is: is this a characteristic of a broody? (having a smaller comb from more estrogen)/
    or could it be from a result of not eating much for the last three weeks?(depletion of fatty reserves)/
    or could this just be the way she has always been?

    Could those of you who have broody hens do a check just to see and compare?

    I will take a picture and compare it to another pic I take in about 6 to 8 weeks to see if it gets larger just to rule out option # 2.
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I can tell you that my broodys comb only changed color not size. However once they have hatched they tend not to leave the nest at all. I had to stick the food right under her nose to get her to eat and drink.
     
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the above post, my broody's go from a bright red comb and wattles to a duller color. I has to do with the need to no longer attract a roos attention and to make them less obvious to predators.
     
  4. estpr13

    estpr13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks, is her comb smaller than other non broody hens of the same breed? My other NH hens have larger combs.
     

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