Does broodiness only occur with hens laying fertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JellyBeanCee, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. JellyBeanCee

    JellyBeanCee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to this and have no chickens yet (we're preparing our chicken tractor and doing research), but was just curious as I read through here and there if broodiness was something hens did only when they were laying fertile eggs, or if they do it even when they have no rooster around?
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    No there doesn't have to be a rooster for them to go broody.
     
  3. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No rooster needed. Jus nature taking it's course.
     
  4. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

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    Ive seen hens that never been around a roo go broody. Some breeds are more broody then other breeds.
     
  5. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    Alot of broodiness comes down to the breed some are known to be more broody than others. for example my cochin bantams go broody all the time. You don't have to have a rooster for them to go broody they just do. While other breeds like isa brown and your more production type breeds have had the broodiness bred out of them so they very rarely if ever go broody. So in short no you don't need a rooster for a hen to go broody.
     
  6. JellyBeanCee

    JellyBeanCee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the quick responses, I was just being curious!
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