Broody?

trumpeting_angel

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One of my Buff Orpington pullets is sitting in the nest box now (dark, 12 degrees, others all on the roost).

Is this a sure sign she is broody? Or too soon to tell?

One of my buffies spends a lot of time on the nest, annoying the others. It could be this one.
 

chickengirl778

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Then she might be broody. Does she stay in the box during the day as well? If yes, she's probably broody, if no, she's either not broody, or just not a great broody.
 

rosemarythyme

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Is that the only sign? DOes she puff up and/or flatten down like a sad pancake if you reach in, or run back into the nest box if you try removing her? Does she making a sort of ticking chirp sound? If you see some of those behaviors, then yes she's likely feeling broody.
 

trumpeting_angel

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She has been ticking! I think of it as a sort of techno-sounding clucking. And she is a total pancake! I haven’t tried to remove her from the nest.

I see there is a dog crate in my near future! It’s going to get warm in the next couple days, so it will be a good time to confine her.

Thanks, chicken-friends! I was wondering about her ticking!
 

trumpeting_angel

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The ticking is so cute! And the pancake is adorable as well unless you don't want broodies, in which case it's still cute but also annoying.
They are quite cute! I love the pancake look. She let me take the single egg beneath her, and ate some of the mash I brought her.

I would love to have her raise chicks for me! Alas, not enough room and more importantly, no rooster!

:lau
 
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