Can hens go broody before they've started laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rachy, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Rachy

    Rachy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 21 week old hen has been a little grumpy of late. She's perfectly healthy (I've checked her thoroughly!). I opened the nest boxes this morning as my hens are pol, and she went straight in, rooted through the straw and plonked herself down. She would've stayed there all day if I'd have let her.

    Can they be broody before they'e started laying?
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    I doubt it. When they are truly broody, just taking them off the nest won't break them of it. They will stay there and spend the night there. It's hormones that make them broody, the same ones that make them lay.
     
  3. Rachy

    Rachy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. She's just moody rather than broody then [​IMG]
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like she's practicing for laying an egg.
     
  5. ChickenScratchin

    ChickenScratchin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2

    Many of mine would start going in the nest boxes for days before they started laying. Just practice.
     
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  7. TJordan

    TJordan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is interesting ... I've got 9 19 week old black austolorps and 2 of my little ladies are acting strange... 1st time chicken mommy here so any advice I'll take... I was wondering if they were just prepping or going broody... My poor rooster is going to have his wings full with these ladies looks like lol [​IMG]
     

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