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Broody???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pattycake, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

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    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?
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

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    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.
     
  3. pattycake

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    Uh-oh, I hadn't thought of lice or mites. [​IMG]

    I'd better go do a search on that...
     
  4. SillyChick

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    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!
     
  5. pattycake

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    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?
     
  6. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

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    you tell me [​IMG]
     
  7. bamagirl68

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    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!
     
  8. pattycake

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    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![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. bamagirl68

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    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!!!![​IMG] Hope I get at least one chick out of those eggs!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Ericasl

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    Lets us know when they hatch!!I could only dream of a broody hen.[​IMG]
     

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