Do you think it's possible?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by justmeandtheflock, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

    May 27, 2009
    NW NJ
    That my 19 week old silver phoenix is broody? She started laying a week and a half ago. I went to let them out this morning and she was in the box with 2 RSL eggs, 2 golf balls and 1 of her own eggs under her. She let me touch her but she is growling if the other birds get too close. I took out the RSL eggs and the golf balls and gave her all of her eggs out of the fridge. She carefully tucked the new eggs under her. [​IMG] She stays put but she is so young.
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    She sounds broody to me!
  3. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

    May 27, 2009
    NW NJ
    Thanks for the response [​IMG] . She put on a good show for a while but she is off the nest now [​IMG] Oh, well. I am going to leave the eggs out there for now in case she does decide sit again.
  4. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
    Alconbury, England
    My light sussex hen growled at me when she was about 21 weeks old, while laying in her nest box. I thought that maybe she broody. Nope. [​IMG] She is about 8 months old now - hopefully she goes broody this coming spring. [​IMG]

  5. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Lots of hens growl at others when they're on the nest laying an egg. Many will tuck any eggs they see under them, too. I think that's a survival trait, hens keeping other eggs warm while they lay their own, while trespassing on a broody hen's nest.

    When a hen stays on the nest at night, instead of going to roost, then start watching to see if she's broody.
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    My light brahma started puffing up and growling at me at about 26 weeks. Now she shrieks at ANY other chicken that DARES to come in HER COOP while she is laying. (prissy girl, but she's one of my favorites)

    However, she has made absolutely no progress to being broody. She just doesn't want to be disturbed while doing her thing. In fact, I got tired of waiting, bought an incubator, waited 2 weeks for it to be shipped, ordered eggs, incubated eggs, hatched eggs a week ago and...........she's still not broody.

    ETA: She's also an egg hog, and will steal eggs from the other nesting boxes.
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