Broody question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crooked stripe, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    N.E Ohio- Suffield
    I have 1 buff orp that is 24 weeks and she hasn't left the nest box all day. I pulled an egg out from under her and left the golf ball in. The main question is can a 24 week old pullet go broody and the second is should I take the golf balls out now that some hens are laying? I tried pushing her out but she won't go, just sits there. I have left the golf balls in thinking that once all hens where laying I would then take them out. Please set me straight. John
  2. hwerner

    hwerner In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2008
    Independence, KS
    I keep plastic easter eggs in boxes at all times. As I have some pretty stubborn hens that won't use a nesting box still and they are almost 2 years old. I keep hoping the eggs will detour them to the boxes and away from their secret hiding places. To question one, I have had and am having a problem with a hen that just started laying a couple months ago. She is already broody. Some hens are like that, and it seems I have all of them. Just watch her for a few days, and if she still doesn't come out, you may want to let her hatch some out. Some hens won't quit until they hatch. I had to Bantam Cochins lay on plastic eggs for almost 2 months before I gave in. Now they are each proud mammas and have left the box.

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