Broody Symptoms

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CayleeMarie03, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. CayleeMarie03

    CayleeMarie03 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2012
    Okay I was wondering what all the broody symptoms are?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Hello! Broodie hens will want to set on the nest constantly. They will puff up or growl when you try and take the eggs. Often, they'll scurry around and eat drink and have an ENORMOUS poo, then run right back to the nest.

    They often pull out their breast feathers so that their skin can come in direct contact with the eggs. The broody hen also stops laying.

    That's about all I can think of. Have a fantastic day,
  3. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2011
    also the tell tale sign is if she is sitting on the nest at night. i have never seen a chicken sit on a nest at night unless she was broody. also after a while she will begin to get paler and loose coloration in her face. all three of my experiences with broody hens, i have noticed their face getting paler and paler
  4. KLRA

    KLRA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    Lane County, OR
    Yes to all of the above, and a wilted comb. Some hens are protective of their eggs, but my only hen to go broody is totally fine with me lifting her up or reaching under her. The first time she went broody I thought she was sick, but she just wanted some babies :)
  5. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    y did you think she was sick and not roody? I am in a delima myself
  6. Aussie-Chook

    Aussie-Chook Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2013
    I have a Barred Rock that has all the above "symptoms" ... stayed in nest all day/overnight, crouches & puffs feathers up, growls at us, HUGE stinky poo about once every 2 days, droopy comp ... I isolated her in our basement a week ago and no change in behavior, but now think I need to got the "broody breaker box" route. Was about to de-worm her, but I really thinks she's gone broody. Only 4 girls in our lot, so no chicks to be had :(

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