Broody with out a rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bekki1, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. bekki1

    bekki1 Hatching

    Jan 25, 2010
    I have 10 ladies about 1 year old. Lately 2 of them have been sitting daily/nightly in the same nest. They do the growling I have heard about. I respect them and let them stay as they have water and food they can get to. My question is...I do not have a rooster so is this possible? Are they broody? I thought they only did this when there was a rooster around to make babies.
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    They can definitely go broody without a rooster. If you want to break them (which I recommend if you don't want to put fertile eggs under them), the best way is to put them in a wire bottom cage somewhere where they can feel the cool wind underneath them.

    Good luck.

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