do they become broody less frequently as they age?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nuchickontheblock, May 22, 2012.

  1. I have a small flock of three hens. They are bantams and 2 have always been frequently broody. They are now 2 and 1/2 and one of them seems to have become less broody in the past 6 months. I am not complaining, but just wondered, if that is usual as they age?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I think that it is something that varies from breed to breed and hen to hen within the breeds. I have some older hens who reacted exactly the opposite of yours.
  3. thanks!
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Tipperary, Ireland
    I have an old lady here who never went broody for the first 3 years, then went broody and rejected her chick, then nothing until 2 years later when she went broody twice in 4 months!
  5. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Songster

    Apr 19, 2011
    I can hope Salmon Faverolle is broody, the third time since november. She looses so much weight when she is(I do put food and water in by her, and shoo her off the nest once a day).

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