Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pooh731, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. pooh731

    pooh731 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Hanford, ca
    How can I tell when my hen goes broody? She just laid her third egg today and after she laid it she stayed in the nesting box even after I picked up the egg.
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    You'll know. She won't leave the nest, even at night. She'll fluff up her neck feathers, growl at you and possibly even try to peck at you when you look at her sideways.

    Its not unusual for them to stay in the nest for a little while after laying an egg but if she is there constantly (only getting off the nest for a short period each day to eat and poop) for a few days, you might have a broody on your hands.

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