Broody Pullet...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by desertchicken92, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. desertchicken92

    desertchicken92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My California Grey pullet who has been laying for about a month has a very odd egg laying behavior. Since she has began laying she lays her egg, and then lays on it all day (and into the night if I let her). If I don't manually take her off her nest everyday she"ll continue to sit on it growling at the other chickens and so forth. She doesn't go fully broody and quit laying? Whats her deal? Anyone have hens like this? Its something new I've had to deal with....
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Are you sure it's her egg? Broody means high prolactin hormone levels and they cannot lay eggs during that time.
     
  3. desertchicken92

    desertchicken92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah 100% sure :/. Shes my only brown egg layer my other lays green... Shell get up there lay her egg and then sit there all day and into the night. Last night I put her on the roost. She puffs up and growls at the others after I put her in the chicken run. Not sure whats up with her... She even was picking her feathers out and arranging them neatly in the nest. Weird stuff...
     
  4. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quite often when they first go broody, they will keep laying until such time that they have what they consider to be a good sized clutch - usually 10 to 12 eggs.

    It could well be that she is still trying to gather more eggs underneath herself before setting seriously.

    - Krista
     
  5. desertchicken92

    desertchicken92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I just checked on her and she's back in the nest. I put an ice packet under her to try and discourage her but she treated it like a egg and tucked it under her :/ (sigh) ...I'd !!!!LOVE!!! to let her hatch eggs but... November?? It would be pretty tough for her to have chicks in the winter right? Where I live it gets into the negatives around mid January...
     
  6. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, that's hilarious! Just when you think you've got one up on her, lol......

    If it's any consolation my dear Broody hatched some chicks in the Winter. If she's a good Momma, she will tuck them all under her and keep them warm no matter how cold it gets outside. You'd be surprised how warm and comfy it is under a Momma Hen, with all those fluffy feathers.

    The chicken-addict in me says "Why not just give her a few fertile eggs and let her sit. What will be will be." And as someone who currently has 8 little chicks running around in two pens with their Mommas, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a Broody Hen care for her babies. It is AMAZING.

    If you do go ahead with Operation Baby Chickies, just make sure Momma has a lovely warm fluffy nest, with lots of bedding in it, to help her keep them warm.

    GOOD LUCK! (I feel babies coming, lol!!!)

    - Krista
     
  7. desertchicken92

    desertchicken92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, Im gunna try a test...I gave her 7 golf balls (which she excepted) if she's still trying to hatch them in 2 days, I'm gunna order some fertalized eggs for her to lay on. If its hard in the winter then I guess I got my job cut out for me...That chicken's lucky I'm such a softy...
     
  8. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] YAY FOR BABY CHICKIES! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


    - Krista

    PS: Don't forget to take the ice pack out of the nest!!!
     
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  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Didn't know that. I have no roos, so no possibility of fertilized eggs in my small flock. When my 2 BO go broody, they do stop laying immediately. Guess just because no rooster? I'm not being sarcastic, but just love to learn about chicken behavior. I guess you mean, they show all the broody irritable signs, and still lay eggs?
     
  10. desertchicken92

    desertchicken92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! Chicken math...Shes a "California Grey" which is a leghorn barred rock mix that I got at a swap this summer. Obviously she got the broody gene from the barred rock side... So I guess I'll see. I'm hoping she's serious about being a momma...
     

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