Broody Internal Clock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Stacykins, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    How good is the internal clock of a broody hen? Like, if she just started brooding, and she is given eggs due to hatch in a week, will she be cool being a Mom or reject them to keep setting? Or will she not care and accept them?

    I've only given chicks to a hen who'd been broody for over a month, and she very happily accepted her new motherly duty. And I'd love for my newest broody to raise a brood, too. The eggs in my incubator aren't too far off from hatching, though. Letting a hen raise a chick or two is the way I 'break' a broody, since I don't want to do any other of the rather cruel methods.
  2. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    Chickens can't tell time ;) You'll be fine with waiting 3 days and putting chicks under her so it won't matter ;)

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