Can an old girl go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by craftyclare, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. craftyclare

    craftyclare Hatching

    Mar 16, 2016
    I'm after some advice as to whether my favourite hen 'Wanda' is poorly or gone broody. She's at least 5years old and rarely lays an egg, she certainly hasn't this spring. We've had her for 3 years and she's never gone broody.
    Yesterday morning she was her usual cheerful self and then became quieter as the day went on. By mid afternoon she took herself off to the coop and remained in there. She's only come out a couple of times today to eat and drink. I noticed some green poop in the coop. She's bright eyed and her comb looks good. When she's in the coop she's puffed up and I noticed the parting of feathers on her chest that my other broodies have had.
    Could she really be broody when she's not in lay and is an older girl?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It sounds more like she's not feeling well.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Keep an eye on her, if she stays in nest for 3 days and nights....
    .....hisses and growls and bites when you try to take her out.....well you probably know.
    I think broody is possible.....not sure what you mean by green poop, pretty normal.

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