Broody Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 4sillychickens, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. 4sillychickens

    4sillychickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a hen that's been broody for a week now. There's no rooster with her, so no fertile eggs. But what I was wondering is, is it too late to put some fertile eggs under her? Or will she stop sitting on them the last week because she's already been sitting for a week on infertile eggs. I hope you all understood that [​IMG]
    Any opinions?
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    It's pure hormones that make them broody. They don't need a rooster or even any eggs under them to do it. She should be fine with you adding eggs now. I had one that was broody for 3 weeks before I gave her some eggs to hatch and she was thrilled to see them, and sat the entire extra 3 weeks to hatch them.
     
  3. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    Broodiness can sometimes last a long while. My little BO hen has been broody for most of the summer. I'd already hatched out all the chicks I wanted earlier in the spring so I really didn't want to put any eggs under her. Haven't been able to coax her off that nest - she's up to eat, drink, and relieve herself and then right back on. She's gotten very thin over the past couple of months. I was afraid she was going to brood herself to death, so yesterday a friend grabbed a few fertile eggs out from underneath one of her broodies and gave them to me. Chicklet is happy as a clam - finally. [​IMG]
     
  4. toripeeps

    toripeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a PlymouthRock that has been broody for several weeks. I keep taking her off nest when I find her there. Because I don't want any chicks I take eggs every day. But she still sits on empty nest. Will this stop on its own or do I need to worry about her?
    She will stay out of Coop all day with other girls if I keep door closed. They are free range, but she has stopped laying. Any advise?
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    My last broody was on the nest a week before I gave her eggs - she hatched them just fine. She did lose a lot of weight though. Chickens can't tell time, so they don't know how long they've been there.
     
  6. 4sillychickens

    4sillychickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the comments! I'm getting some fertile eggs today [​IMG]
     

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