In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 5, 2014
My adult black australorp has been in the nesting box for about three days and we have 15 baby chicks and I'm sure that some are roosters could it be trying to hatch eggs?


Free Ranging
Premium member
8 Years
Feb 18, 2011
Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! She could very well be broody, Australorps will go broody... is she sitting in the nesting box day and night, does she kind of flatten out and fluff her feathers and hiss and peck at you if you bother her? There are some nice articles on broody hens in the Learning Center you might like to check out. and and the BYC Learning Center in general, lots of good articles on all aspects of chicken keeping. Not sure what you mean about the chicks. Hens do not need a rooster around to go broody, they will try to hatch infertile eggs or even fake eggs, golf balls, nothing.


A Native Raven
Staff member
Premium member
9 Years
Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
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Welcome to BYC!

Australorps go broody fairly easy. And it does should like she is. If she is growling at you and raising her neck feathers when you try to move her out of the box, and when she is out she cluck cluck clucks all over the place, you have a broody. You can let her set or try to break her broodiness. It is entirely up to you.

Kelsie has left you with some great links for some good reading. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

Good luck with your chicks and broody and welcome to our flock!
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