Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sethsleader, May 6, 2009.

  1. sethsleader

    sethsleader Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    I have a hen who is about 35 weeks old that spends all day on the nest. I dont have a roo, so theres been no funny business!
    I remove the other eggs daily but she gets really teasy with me. This is day two of this behaviour.
    Im new to this lark so is it normal?? Might she be sick?[​IMG]
  2. cover357

    cover357 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2008
    north- upstate NY
    doesn't make a difference how old or not. its the hormones. I have a hens that has been setting for almost 2 months. She was setting before we done the first hatch and we started the second hatch on the 26 of April and shes still in the nest. I take her out everyday. take her for walks and she still goes back. she will come out. its just part of their nature. When shes hungry she will come out -- then go back in until her body says its enough. LOL.[​IMG]
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    As cover357 said, going broody is a hormonal change in the hen. It has nothing to do with her age or whether or not you have a rooster.

    To know if she is broody, you are going to have to observe her behavior both when she is in the nest and when she isn't.

    When she is on the nest, does she have an almost zen-like trance look?
    Does she flatten out when you approach the nest?
    Does she also raise her hackles and try to appear larger than she is?
    Is she staying in the nest more than out of the nest?
    Has her voice changed to a loud bawk-bawk as opposed to her normal sounds?
    Is she dropping a large smelly broody poo?
    When she leaves the nest, does she eat and drink before returning?
    Are the other hens giving her a rough time when she is off the nest?

    If your're not going to hatch a clutch of chicks, it might be better to break her of her broodiness. IME, the longer she is broody without hatching a clutch, the longer it will take her to start laying eggs again. Being broody can be hard on a hen, and a good diet with extra calcium wouldn't hurt her.
    Last edited: May 6, 2009

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