Broody without roo?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bluerosesd, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. Bluerosesd

    Bluerosesd Chirping

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    I am good for silly questions lol. Can a chicken go broody with out a roo? I know it would be pointless for them to go broody without a roo.
     
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  2. Yes.

    Gary
     
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  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Going broody has nothing to do with having a roo.
    It's all hormones.
     
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  4. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

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    A hen can go broody without a rooster, she just needs the rooster for fertilizing in order to hatch the eggs that she is sitting on ;)
     
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  5. Jenna1414chickens

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    Agree with above, yes a hen can go broody without a rooster, it doesn't really have anything to do with the rooster. And actually it's not all that pointless for a hen to go broody without a rooster. You could buy/get hatching eggs an let her hatch them rather than through an incubator if you don't have an incubator or just want to let her hatch some chicks if she does get broody.
     
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  6. Chasingcars

    Chasingcars Songster

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    I have an old lady buff Orpington called Pam that not only doesn’t have a husband..she doesn’t even lay eggs anymore and she STILL goes broody every spring :)
     
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  7. ChickenGirl555

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    By hatch eggs, @RodNTN means to fertilize eggs. You don't need them to incubate.
     
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  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

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    Way to go Pam! :highfive:

    Haha, thanks for the correction!
     
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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    You may know that it is pointless, but they don't. :p
     
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  10. Bluerosesd

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    LOL Thank you guys for answering me. I suspected they could but wasn't sure.
     

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