hen brooding other hens?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ariel301, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I just got some hens today, a huge white leghorn and some bantam easter eggers. When I went to check on the animals this evening I noticed that the leghorn is sitting in one of the nest boxes on top of the smaller hens! She's been doing it for hours now, hasn't moved off of them. Does it sound like she's trying to brood them? Is this a good sign she'll go broody and sit on eggs for me? We were planning to eat her, but if she'll brood eggs I'd rather keep her around for that!
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    My BW roo puts his feathers over one hen on each side of him on the roosts.

    She may just be doing it for warmth.
     
  3. gardener

    gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would agree nighttime roosting usually involves a bunch of huddling together.
    leghorns a not known for broodiness but are good layers.
     
  4. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    what? hen incubate hen? [​IMG]
     
  5. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Hahaha yeah I've seen the chickens I had when I was growing up huddled together, but this big hen is sitting ON the bantams like they are chicks! I caught her doing it again today during daylight, and it's 75 degrees out, so I don't see how they can be cold...it's funny to watch, I'll have to try to get a picture!
     
  6. mulia24

    mulia24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    well, just hope your bantam didn't *hatch* after being sat by the hen.

    perhaps she think she were a mommy and decided to find a chicks to care and when she saw the bantam, she scream "perfect chicks" (due to small body of bantam) and begin to sit on them just like if she sit on normal chicks. [​IMG]

    and why don't the bantam fight her? [​IMG] i never see chicken love to be sat by other chicken (perhaps maybe roo *sit* on hen). [​IMG]
     
  7. riftnreef

    riftnreef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a similar experience with my daughter's silkie trying to "mother" my barred rock pullet...it's cute to watch. The barred rock is almost as big as her now, but she still tries to climb on top of her to keep her warm.
     
  8. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Just went out to check the animals before bed, and this big hen is at it again lol...she's got both my EE hen and rooster under her now! They seem content with it, surprisingly. I don't know the history of these birds really, so maybe she's done this a long time with them. Maybe she hatched them and doesn't know they grew up. It's cute though.
     
  9. jelmer

    jelmer Out Of The Brooder

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    A broody Leghorn? Is that even possibe?
     
  10. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Can I borrow her to keep some 2week old pullets warm outside? [​IMG]
     

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