How do you know when a hen has gone truly broody and not just pract.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stormylady, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    I have a blk Orpington girl, around 8 months old, and over the last couple of days, shes on again off again, When I went out to check for eggs she was sitting on about 8 eggs , when I went to get them she was all fluffed up and started laying flat on the eggs and purring or growling at me one of the two. so I left her with about 3 eggs when I went to check for the evening eggs she was not on the nest but when I went to get the eggs she ran over and was trying to climb in the nest chattering all the time. so I left the 3 eggs with her. when I went to go lock up the coop she was roosting in her usual spot. She has done this several times, what is the deal with her is she just practicing or what. Never had a broody yet so I don't really know whats up with her.[​IMG] Thanks Sandy
  2. chocolate m'scovy

    chocolate m'scovy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    If she's truly broody she'll settle down and only leave her nest for a short break each day.
  3. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    I always wait until everyone goes to bed, then see where my suspected broody is. If she is truly broody, she'll be on the eggs. She'll also try to eat you if you mess with her, and will puff up like a turkey. Good luck, hope things go the way you want them to.
  4. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    Mine didn't hiss at me or anything, but when I threw her off the nest about 100 times, she was always back on the fake eggs within 5 minutes.

    There was no question that she was broody. I ended up finally breaking her after about 2 weeks. It's just too cold for chicks yet.
  5. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Thanks for the replies, Maybe she was just practicing then, Never seen her act like that before so was just wondering. Do the hens just all the sudden go broody or do they lead up to it? thanks again everybody.
  6. cobrien

    cobrien Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    I am not sure what you mean by practicing. Practicing what? I guess you can think of broodiness as practicing egg incubation. They can go broody suddenly. She sounds very broody to me!
  7. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Quote:I meant that she was just setting on the eggs and looking very serious about me not touching them, kinda growling and being all fluffed up and laying down hard on the eggs to keep my hands out. I just used the term practicing(for lack of a better term) because when a few of the girls got ready to lay eggs i would see them sit in the nest box and act like they were going to lay , turning this way and that and readjusting the nest to suit them and then nothing just like they were practicing. So thats what I was just calling it then. Sorry about the confusion. And BTW back to her old self today, so I don't know what was up with her.
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Put a few golf balls under her
    Heat up the bator, give her eggs, and have the bator as backup
    lock her out of the coop, LOL

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