how does broody know...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tuesdays chicks, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    When to go into lock down. When she was broody before you gave her eggs to sit can she tell by the egg. Every thing seems so strange do they actually go into lockdown?
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Mine did! I guess it's instinct. I suspect they can tell by the level of activity in the egg? I know they feel it, mine will stare down like "what the heck was THAT!".
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Lockdown is actually for US people who artificially incubate eggs, although the broody hen is able to tell when the babies in the eggs are getting closer to hatching. She may not take her daily constitutional "break" during the last day or two, and if she does, she is gone only a very short time.

    Lockdown is so WE don't futz with the incubator during the last critical 3 days.
  4. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

    May 6, 2009
    Vail, Arizona
    Well its in their little chickeny brains to know when to go into "lockdown" And, if youre a believing person like me, thats just the way God designed it.

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