Broody Sex-Link - Some questions.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ravie, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Ravie

    Ravie Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    Hi everyone,

    I was just offered top-dollar for one of my hens. The gentleman doesn't have any hens which will set and he's looking for a solid broody. I have one. She's a black sex-link which has been very broody in the past. Currently, she is acting like she'd like to do it again but I keep stealing all the eggs. I'd like to sell her to this man, but I know sex-links aren't known for broodiness. I also buy into the theory that broodiness is contagious. I'm wondering if my hen went broody initially because I currently have 4 other hens setting. If I sell her into a flock which has no broody hens, is likely to go broody again when she's adjusted? What do you guys think?

  2. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Broodiness is genetic and hormonal. She will go broody for him without any other broody hens around her provided he gives her a secure nesting place in her new home.

    I'd let her go. I'm sure he will value her as his only broody hen.

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