Broody Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by eggscetera, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. eggscetera

    eggscetera Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2011
    Palmer, Alaska
    How soon after laying their first eggs will hens go broody? I have a hen that's only been laying a month or so. She disappeared a couple weeks ago- at first we thought a predator got her but she reappeared when I was tossing cracked corn to the flock a week ago. Disappeared again and came back this morning to feed. I've looked all over for a hidden nest but we have forest all around us. I don't know where she hides out or where she roosts at night. My husband thinks she's sitting on eggs out in the woods but isn't it too early in her egg laying career for her to be going broody? Not to mention the fact that it's October and a bit late to be hatching out eggs...
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    It really depends on the individual hen some are perfectly happy to lay a dozen eggs then go broody. Some breeds are much more likely to go broody than others. She could just be hiding a nest and not be sitting on it yet and/or has just found some other place she is happy living at the moment since the winter weather has not really started.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yep, she's broody. I've had broodies as young as 7 months. Next time she comes out, follow her back to her nest.
  4. eggscetera

    eggscetera Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2011
    Palmer, Alaska
    I think you're right Happy Chooks. I got her as a chick from a neighbor so she is a different breed from mine- I have a mix of production reds/golden comets/ Ranger meat birds (none of whom seem to go broody). When I asked my neighbor yesterday what breed she is I was told mille fleur. Here is what wikipedia says: The breed is known for being very broody, and a typical hen can lay her eggs over a two-week period, though others have taken as long as three weeks (21 days). Wonder if I'll be seeing baby chicks right about the time the snow begins to fly...
  5. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    Better got out the heat lamp! :)

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