Early signs of broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jeffross1968, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    I was wondering if there are any early signs, prior to sitting on eggs and not getting up, that a hen is about to go broody? Or is it something that just happens out of the blue?
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    My hen made those funny little 'chuck-chuck' noises and scooted around with her head down and her feathers fuzzed out.

  3. dedicateddourly

    dedicateddourly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2008
    Fallbrook, CA
    I've only had one hen go broody. What I noticed is that she would spend more and more time in the nest box after laying her egg. For example, it would normally take her an hour. The next day would be two hours, and so on. After about day 4 or 5 (and 5 hours in the nest), she slept in the nest box rather than roosting. Freaked me out, I tell you, until I did some research. So I gave her some fertile eggs and she became a mommy [​IMG]
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Signs of a broody:

    Some hens will do these even if not broody:
    Puffing up on the nest

    Signs of a more serious broody:
    Plucking feathers from belly
    Soft clucking sounds
    Staying on nest longer than normal

    And the final sign of a definite broody:
    On the nest, even at night
    Quit laying eggs

    Not all hens will exhibit ALL the signs. I've had broodies that plucked their belly feathers and some that didn't.

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