broody without rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thedeacon, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. thedeacon

    thedeacon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know the rooster is needed to fertilize the eggs, But, will a hen go broody without a rooster?
     
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
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    If it has a tendency to go broody a hen can go broody without the rooster, and without the eggs, its just a hormonal thing. Broodys have been known to go broody and sit on golfballs or Air if nothing is available.
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Yes, Hens will go broody without roosters. Hormones as Marlin says............
     
  4. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
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    Yes they will....I just fertile eggs and slip them under her....
     

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