Broody too long?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jbkinor, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. jbkinor

    jbkinor In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2007
    Western Oregon
    Hi. My 7 month old Buff Orp has been broody for 5 weeks with no eggs to hatch. Shouldn't she be done by now or is this normal when no chicks hatch out? I take her out once a day so she'll eat and drink because I haven't seen her do it on her own. Thanks for help.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I had mine going for 6+ weeks and she was seriously unbreakable. She finally got a chick though and snapped out of it.
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I have a scovy duck who has been broody since January. Seriously.
    She eats and is healthy and at a good weight, but the longest I have seen her off the nest is about 15 minutes when I walked by with a pitchfork and she followed me to get the worms that were in the dirt I was turning.
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I had a BO this past Spring that set on air for 24 days...I finally put some eggs under her and she set for another 21 days so she could have chicks and get up!

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