Broody Leghorns

Heidihoskins

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I have a question about my Leghorn hens. I had several Leghorns shipped to me last year. They are laying well. I read on line that they seldom go broody, yet 3 of my 4 Leghorn hens have taken off, disappeared for awhile, and then shown back up with chicks in tow. My Rhode Island Red and Americana have never hatched chicks (except for 1 Americana hatched 3 chicks). Why do you think this is happening, when everything I read says they dont go broody?
 

DobieLover

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I have a question about my Leghorn hens. I had several Leghorns shipped to me last year. They are laying well. I read on line that they seldom go broody, yet 3 of my 4 Leghorn hens have taken off, disappeared for awhile, and then shown back up with chicks in tow. My Rhode Island Red and Americana have never hatched chicks (except for 1 Americana hatched 3 chicks). Why do you think this is happening, when everything I read says they dont go broody?
Because birds are individuals and they never read the rule books.
Hormones dictate if a bird will or won't go broody.
 

The Moonshiner

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Are you sure they're leghorns?
White eggs, white ear lobes, yellow shanks?
I raise a lot of leghorns and seems unbelievably rare to have 3 out of 4 go broody in one season.
Not saying I don't take your word for it but curious if there's a breed mix up to explain it.
 

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