Do they go broody more in the late summer/early fall??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JLS, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

    517
    3
    131
    May 29, 2009
    Maine
    My Coop
    I have noticed that my hens are starting to go broody more lately!! [​IMG] I do not want them to set so I have been isolating them outside of the coop during the day, away from the boxes. It takes several days but they have been returning to normal, thankfully! My qusestion is: Do they normally go broody this time of year? Or is it a matter of age? My 2 current broodies are 1.5 year old Buff Orpington and Faverolle.
     
  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,291
    18
    191
    Oct 16, 2009
    Wales
    Here in Wales hens tend to go broody late Spring to Summer. I don't know where you are (but assume the States) and I know that some of you have been suffering with extreme heat. Maybe the girls waited until the temperatures were bearable to sit out their stint.

    sandie
     
  3. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine usuallly go broody starting in early spring to mid summer.

    Had a hen once hatch in November, though. [​IMG]
     
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,642
    19
    229
    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I don't know if it's that predictable. I had 4 of mine brood early spring. Two more in early summer. Then it held off for a while. In the dead dog heat of summer, one brooded, and 2 more tried. Now that it's cooling down a little bit (highs in the 90s instead of the 100s), one hatched a clutch about a month ago, and one more went broody this week. I really don't see any end in sight.
     
  5. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

    517
    3
    131
    May 29, 2009
    Maine
    My Coop
    Will the hens that go broody now do it again soon or is it more like once a year (I hope it is only once a year [​IMG])? I have seen some who say "let them hatch out a batch" but will that eliminate their urge to brood for an extended period of time?

    Sorry for all the questions. I do not think I will get either of these breeds again because this is getting ridiculous!!
     
  6. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,642
    19
    229
    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I think that depends on the individual. I have one orpington who seems to go broody about every 3 or 4 months. Others aren't nearly as regular. My rir hasn't repeated yet.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,801
    1,288
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I've got my first broody right now. The eggs are on Day 9, so she's about 1/2 way done.
     
  8. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    8,372
    64
    326
    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    Well our black copper marans tend to do one broody about every 6 months, or so it seems. I need to tag them and be sure it's not just a new one. I cannot get any Buff Orpington to go broody...Maybe they need to be year 2 to 3...... Wheatan marans definitely broody 2 to 3 times a year.....Welsummers - generally twice a year. Delawares - not yet, Lav Orps - not yet, BBS Orps - not yet, barreds and heritage RIR - never, so it's just a few that go broody....for us at least.

    But with the ones that do, they like to go broody in middle of an egg or baby chicken order....[​IMG]
     
  9. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    916
    4
    121
    Dec 14, 2009
    Oregon
    I've had chickens for about a year and a half now, and have only had one broody so far. She is a Cuckoo Marans and has been broody for about three weeks, and has been sitting on a mixed clutch of four eggs for about six days. So, towards fall for this one, but I think it was just a matter of her maturing and this happened to be the time of year, not a seasonal thing.
     
  10. Miss Red

    Miss Red Chillin' With My Peeps

    539
    0
    129
    Apr 26, 2010
    Trinity, Texas
    My game hens have been fighting for the nest boxes these past few weeks. I've had 24 out of 30 (tagged, and some doubling after first batch gets 'grown') of my mature games have sat the impossible sit. My layers haven't, but it's the year fr hatching. I've had six hens sitting at a time since July... Not sure why.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by