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how do you know a chicken is broody? when...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by the Pollo Loco, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so how do you know a chicken is broody, when you have a rollout tray? does she just sit on nothing? what other symptoms do you look for? [​IMG]
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    She'll sit in the nest or whatever good place that would act as a nest and not budge from there, even at night, unless she needs to take a really quick bite to eat or drink.

    She'll fluff up if touched and may make weird sounds.
     
  3. City Chicken Lady

    City Chicken Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do hens get broody when there is no rooster around? Is it just a natural thing for some to get broody?
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Broodiness has nothing to do with a rooster. The hens don't know or care if the eggs are fertilized or not; some hens will brood the faux egg/golf ball or a rock... I've read of one which brooded a small Tupperware container!

    Totally hormonal with each individual pullet or hen. Well, hormonal with genetics involved, if she comes from a line of broody hens.
     
  5. City Chicken Lady

    City Chicken Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks. Since I'm new to all this I'm storing all this new found information for future reference.
     
  6. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had chickens all my life seen many different types of broodiness. But for the first time I had a broody Silkie! wow..... and I have had a broody mutt chicken give me lots of grief, with no rooster. [​IMG]
     
  7. City Chicken Lady

    City Chicken Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have so much to learn! You live near Auburn? You are my closest chicken neighbor so far on BYC!
     
  8. kingdr85

    kingdr85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She will puff up her feathers and make a loud "growl" noise and in some cases even peck at you if you try to move her.
     

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