pattycake

Songster
12 Years
May 7, 2007
414
3
151
fingerlakes, ny
I was carrying one of my Jersey Giants around and discovered that her lower stomach is totally bald! I know that's a sign of broodiness, but that's the only one: she's not sitting on the nest any longer than usual and she lets me take her eggs away.

I'm sort of interested in letting her raise a brood when the weather gets a bit warmer. If I stuck her in a pen with a clutch of eggs would she sit on them, you think? Or should I make sure she's sitting first?
 

justusnak

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Feb 28, 2007
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21
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South Eastern Indiana
Could be that she is getting ready to go broody or lice/mites.
I have noticed...my broodys walk around puffed up and clucking for a day or two, then PLOP, down on the nest they go. Good luck with her...I hope she is going broody for ya.
 

SillyChick

Songster
12 Years
Dec 15, 2007
303
0
139
Hmmm........Yes, she might be broody. Check on her behavior after a few days and see if she shows signs of broodiness. I hope it's not lice/mites!

Good luck!
 

pattycake

Songster
12 Years
May 7, 2007
414
3
151
fingerlakes, ny
I looked her over carefully, and a couple other chickens too, and I didn't see any mites or bugs of any kind... can you see mites?
 

bamagirl68

Songster
12 Years
Sep 3, 2007
269
9
141
central alabama
One day when I checked for eggs I found several feathers in a nest box. There were enough that it alarmed me(I am still new to this) so I began looking to see if something somehow stuck an arm in and grabbed some feathers. Nope, airtight-well almost! The next day or two I noticed at night when I put the hens to bed one was in the nest. I thought it odd but picked her up and placed her on the roost with the rest. I don't have a rooster by the way. Then it dawned on me- MY FIRST BROODY!!!! So I went to my dad's and eggnapped a few fresh ones and today makes day 14!!!! And she is still setting! She is also a Jersey Giant. My other Jersey went broody a few days later but she is kinda wishy washy about it! she won't stay on them all day so when I gather eggs, I just take hers. And I don't think she cares!Keep us posted on yours. Pattycake, I say broody hen!
 

pattycake

Songster
12 Years
May 7, 2007
414
3
151
fingerlakes, ny
Thanks, Bamagirl! I love my Jersey Giants and think they would make great mothers -- they're so sweet and gentle.

I'll be watching for your hatch!
 

bamagirl68

Songster
12 Years
Sep 3, 2007
269
9
141
central alabama
Today is day 21. I may have done it wrong but I gathered eggs for 3 days and put under her . So I still have 2 days on the last ones I added if it works. I could have sworn I saw some movement today when I made my broody go get food and water! I am so excited!!!!
Hope I get at least one chick out of those eggs!!
 

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