Does no roo = more broodiness??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ruth Ann, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    South Carolina
    Does not having a roo mean the hens will be broody more often?
    A fellew chicken owner told me that when you have no roos the hens
    will go broody 4-6 times a year. Is this true?

    We just broke one from her broody mood, and all is well again.
    Just wondered how often it will happen.
    We have one coop with two groups...I group is 1 1/2 years old...the others are 19 weeks.
    They all live together.
    It is a mixed flock...
    Buff orp, SLW, amber links, RIR, BRocks and EE

    Anyway...just wondering if it is so.
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Not that I'm aware of [​IMG] It's somewhat a hormonal thing, and I can't see a rooster affecting that.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Having a rooster has nothing to do with hens laying eggs or going broody. You just won't be able to hatch eggs without a rooster.
  4. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    South Carolina
    Thanks for the replies [​IMG]
    I know they don't need a roo for eggs....
    and i don't want to hatch any.
    Enough peeps for now.[​IMG]
  5. SycolinWoodsChickens

    SycolinWoodsChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    We got rid of our last roo in November 2010. Four of our 10 hens went broody this year. Don't think it had anything to do with having a roo or not. We broke 3 of them. Let one hatch ducks for us. Now no one is interested in being broody. Whew!

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