Broody or Older Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Peggy-Sue, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. Peggy-Sue

    Peggy-Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted this as a reply in another post but it didn't get any attention so here it is again in its own post.

    This might seem like a dumb question, but do broody hens have to sit on the nest/eggs to be broody? My welsummer doesn't stay in the coop were the nesting boxes are; however, when shes outside with our other hens it looks like she builds a "nest" and sits in the back corner fluffing her self up. She spends most of the day there in the same spot. When I have treats though she gets up and comes over to me. I don't know what with her like I said in another post she kind of does her own thing and avoids the other hens. We know shes already laying but we are not exactly sure how old. We've only had her for two weeks she we either have a broody hen or a older one.
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    Thats her and I have put her picture in other posts. But yeah thats were she still all day every day!
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't sound as if she is broody. Does she go to sleep on the roosts at night?
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Agree - what is her nighttime behavior? I think she's just trying to decide where to lay. Broodies don't lay eggs.
     
  4. Peggy-Sue

    Peggy-Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well she goes into the coop but usually goes in 30 mins before everyone else.
     
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    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Then she's not broody.
     
  6. Peggy-Sue

    Peggy-Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well then shes either molting, or out of her prime laying days. I don't think she is molting because she hasn't lost a lot of feathers in the time we've had her.
     
  7. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could well be that she is an older less active hen.
     

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