Getting hen to sit on the eggs?

wullus

Chirping
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May 7, 2012
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Hi there,
My grandma gave me a white sussex, or leghorn (i can't remember what breed) chook that apparently goes broody a few times a year. She is three years old, and was introduced by herself to the flock this week. I think she's starting to settle in, though she is still a bit of a loner.

Today I put in these haybales and she went over and sat down. I put a few fertilised eggs on the hay, picked her up and put her down just behind the eggs. After about five minutes she looked down, and started pushing the eggs underneath her belly with her beak, and sat on them. I was hoping to god that she would stay like this (OMG I just made a hen go broody!!) and decided to put the blue dog bowl in front of her, and of course she got up and moved away cause I musta scared her.

Anywho, a few minutes later, I picked her back up and put her near them hoping she would sit on them again, and she moved them underneath her with her beak and then stood up, and walked away.



Does this mean anything. her pushing the eggs underneath her with her beak? Or would she just be resting? They are fertilised eggs (with two fake eggs), lol :p and it IS the start of winter (I read somewhere they are more likely to go broody in warmer months).

Is a hen of this age still able to go broody? Thanks for your help :)
 
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mstricer

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Feb 12, 2009
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I had to take a double look when you said it was the beginning of winter. I thought this might be an old thread. But then I saw where you are. She probably will sit. Good luck.
 

wullus

Chirping
7 Years
May 7, 2012
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Queensland, Australia
Haha yea, it is confusing some parts of this forum, everythings in like degrees farenheit and stuff. I of course mean that in the sense of me being used to Celsius here in Australia :).

So if I just leave the clutch of eggs there, will she sit on them and go broody? She jumped off them today and wasn't sitting on them tonight when I checked on her after work. I took the eggs up because it rained at blew into the coop and got a bit wet.

Will this be likely, even if we're in winter down here? Thanks :)
 
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Sweetlilbaby

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Apr 19, 2012
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I would wait til she's been with your flock longer. Give her time to adjust to the flock completely. I doubt that a nervous hen will go broody. she has to be nervous being in a new area, joining up with all these strange hens (and a rooster to I assume). Give her at least a month to adjust.
Maybe next spring time (for you) she'll go broody.
 

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