broody vs. egg bound

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Niss, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how will I know the difference?
    I have a hen I think broody, but some recent loss have me worried. what's the earliest way to tell the difference?
     
  2. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she is sitting on the nest (overnight too) all puffed up and clucking to herself, there's a good chance she's broody.
     
  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup. And if she's waddling around outside looking a bit uncomfortable and pausing every so often to squat and strain, she's probably eggbound.
     
  4. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No wierd squating. I am procedding treating her as broody. [​IMG]
    The thing that made me worry--last night she failed the egg test, but just now I tried agaon and she passed woth flying colors, that is the whole front half of her body disappeared as she took the egg set in front of her amd tucked it in just so.
     
  5. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol!!! Don't you just love broody hens. They're so adorably insane.
     
  6. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! And yes, so fun to watch. She has 7 eggs, I need to mark them so she doesn't steal any more. I'm so happy, I just hope she is better than my first broody...I had to give up and buy that one some chicks.
     

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