Can the site/observation of a chick make a hen broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pa2chitown, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. pa2chitown

    pa2chitown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2015
    The question is probably premature, since i dont know if my BR is actually broody?

    Quote regarding my new chick...

    Well, she saw the chick again yesterday. She already laid today, and is jostling with my EE, who probably just wants to lay. I dont know if my Dom has laid yet?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Nope, hormones make a hen go broody not the presence of chicks.
  3. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2015
    I have never noticed that any hen went broody because of the presence of chicks. However I have read posts from people that do believe the presence of chicks does cause broodiness. I, personally, don't think so. It is hormones, but what causes that hormone production is a topic of much debate.
  4. pa2chitown

    pa2chitown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2015
    Interesting! She was making funny noises. What does a "whore moan" sound like? LOL :)) i apologize.

    Interesting note. I took the chick out and she came out of nesting box immediately...but showed no interest in the chick. Then she went back in the coop, but not in the box.
    There was an egg from my Dom in the box.

    Just coincidence....

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