Broody? What's broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Cluck, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This might be a dumb question to ask, but what exacly does broody mean?
     
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Broody means that a hen wants to spend time sitting on a clutch of eggs and hatching them. Then she raises the chicks.

    But every hen is different and some last longer than others.

    Hope this helped. [​IMG]
     
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    When the hen wants to sit on the eggs.
     
  4. Chicken Cluck

    Chicken Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Now I don't have to wonder what everybody is saying all the time!
     
  5. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    When a hen decides she hates the world and retreats into the nest box, growling, and hatches some chicks to make her feel better LOL! [​IMG]
     
  6. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not every hen goes broody, but typically in the springtime, they'll lay 12-14 eggs and then start setting on them. We talk a lot about "broodiness" on BYC because once a hen goes "broody" she will NOT leave her nest, no matter what. It's like a switch goes off in her head and she acts very differently, fighting you if you try to take eggs away from her. If you don't want your hen going broody in the first place, remove the eggs she lays every single day.
     
  7. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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    Youre welcome, and theres no such thing as a dumb question. [​IMG] Asking questions is the best way to learn.
     
  8. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. Feathers Acres

    Feathers Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Haha! good one!


    I guess my silkie girls are hating the world right now [​IMG]



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  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Silkies are common evil world haters.
     

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