broody, not dying!

mika4me

In the Brooder
9 Years
Aug 20, 2010
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15
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Sacramento
So I have 3 chickens, 2 new girls, about a year old, and one old girl, 9 years old. My old girl lost her best friend (same age) about 2 months ago. The new girls and Polly, my old girl, are in separate but side by side coops and free range together in the afternoons. Don't like sleeping together though. About two weeks ago, Polly started acting "off", wouldn't come out of her nest box, making weird noises, not eating. I figured she was feeling bad and didn't want me to touch her, so I didn't. I've been thinking she's dying, and put oatmeal, treats, water, etc. inside her house where she could reach them. Every morning and every afternoon I've been checking on her and dreading the day that I open the box and find she's gone to chicken heaven. But... I am a dummy! I haven't been checking her nest box for eggs, since she quit laying almost a year ago. Today I saw an egg next to her when I opened the box, and it hit me: my 9 year old hen has gone broody!!! I picked up her annoyed self and put her outside. She fluffed her feathers and immediately started looking for bites to eat. Underneath her: 6 eggs! Anyone else ever have a 9 year old hen pick up laying and go broody (for the first time in her life!!!)? I figure she never went that way before because I was always sure to check her nest box each day. I can't believe I missed all the signs... great day, though! I've had Polly her whole life and nursed her back from coccidiosis when she was three days old. Not dying, just broody! hahaha
 

JaeG

Crossing the Road
6 Years
Sep 29, 2014
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22,415
941
New Zealand
Awww, that's so funny. My chickens are only 3 years old so I can't advise on going broody in the golden years! Very few of mine haven't gone broody so not sure I'll ever know! I'm glad she's only broody (not sick) and it sounds like she's getting the best of care. She's a very good age for a chicken.
 

Mace Gill

Songster
May 26, 2017
591
891
186
New Jersey
So I have 3 chickens, 2 new girls, about a year old, and one old girl, 9 years old. My old girl lost her best friend (same age) about 2 months ago. The new girls and Polly, my old girl, are in separate but side by side coops and free range together in the afternoons. Don't like sleeping together though. About two weeks ago, Polly started acting "off", wouldn't come out of her nest box, making weird noises, not eating. I figured she was feeling bad and didn't want me to touch her, so I didn't. I've been thinking she's dying, and put oatmeal, treats, water, etc. inside her house where she could reach them. Every morning and every afternoon I've been checking on her and dreading the day that I open the box and find she's gone to chicken heaven. But... I am a dummy! I haven't been checking her nest box for eggs, since she quit laying almost a year ago. Today I saw an egg next to her when I opened the box, and it hit me: my 9 year old hen has gone broody!!! I picked up her annoyed self and put her outside. She fluffed her feathers and immediately started looking for bites to eat. Underneath her: 6 eggs! Anyone else ever have a 9 year old hen pick up laying and go broody (for the first time in her life!!!)? I figure she never went that way before because I was always sure to check her nest box each day. I can't believe I missed all the signs... great day, though! I've had Polly her whole life and nursed her back from coccidiosis when she was three days old. Not dying, just broody! hahaha
At nine years old doubt those are her eggs, but it's nice to see the old folks pick up the burden of child rearing!
 

Dmontgomery

Songster
Apr 1, 2014
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Longville, La
I have an OEGB hen that we "rescued" from a family member. We've had her 4 years, but have no idea how old she actually is. She quit laying March 2016 and went broody twice last year, hatching the eggs of our young pullets. (Unfortunately she gave us 8 new roosters!) Just another example of the grandparents having to raise the grandkids while the parents are off playing.
We figured her laying days were over but she started back giving us eggs again a few weeks ago. Apparently she just decided to take a whole year off.
Congratulations to grandma Polly!
 

LisPrissy

Songster
Jun 22, 2016
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That is great!! I would have been so worried also and would have definitely thought sickness over broody!
 

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