Hen sitting on egg with ruffled feathers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TheReadyBoys, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So One of my three hens has been sitting on the eggs for the past day. Her feathers get ruffled when I go near her, and she makes a funny noise. There have only been two eggs, and I am starting to wonder what she might be doing. Any ideas?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She has gone broody and is wanting to incubate and hatch out some chicks.
     
  3. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, but I don't have a rooster? Will she be broody anyways?
     
  4. NewHamp99

    NewHamp99 Just Hatched

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    Hens can become broody even without a rooster. It is just a habit some of them form and isn't too hard to fix. Some say dunking your hen in cold water works. Heres the link to the video for more info
    Apparently the way this technique works is their body temp is high when they are brooding and this apparently cools them off and breaks their broodiness. Haven't ever had a broody hen before but I wish you good luck with trying to fix her! [​IMG]
     
  5. machina

    machina New Egg

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    Hens will go broody without a rooster. Try to keep her away from the nest, or other potential nests, for a couple of days.
     
  6. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But what if I want her to go broody in the future?
     
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Then, the next time she decides to sit, you give her fertile eggs. Breaking her broodiness wont effect her going broody in the future. Every hen I've had that has gone once, tends to go again at least once a year. Good luck :)
     
  8. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep. My Silkie hen has gone broody three times this year. Each time I've broken her. Gosh that girl is determined to sit.

    The way I encourage broodiness is by leaving a clutch of eggs in an easily spotted nest box. Usually around five or so eggs. [​IMG]
     
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  9. Muffinburgler

    Muffinburgler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Going broody isn't a one-time thing. She'll go broody once (or twice, or more!) a year. Next time she does it, just give her fertile eggs and you'll have some babies.

    You better take the eggs away from her for now, though. She won't leave the nest until they hatch. And if they don't hatch, she'll be sitting there a long time.
     
  10. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks!
    And, yes I took the eggs, Muffinburglar
     

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