Does a hen go broody while she is laying a clutch or after she has layed a clutch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bgb02, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. bgb02

    bgb02 New Egg

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    Does a hen go broody while she is laying a clutch or after she has layed a clutch? I have a chicken that has been sitting in a box for a few hours. She didn't come to get her food like the other chickens.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    They usually lay a clutch first. She won't lay ANY eggs once she goes broody. She'll go broody when the hormones kick in whether there are eggs or not.
    Hope this answers your questions. She may just have been taking longer to lay.
    A broody is unmistakable. She will stay on the nest day and night (except for a 1/2 hour daily foray) and growl if disturbed.
     

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