How long does a broody stay broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by debilorrah, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    If there are no eggs under her for her to hatch?
     
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That my friend is the $64,000.00 question.

    In my 40+ years of raising poultry it is a individual and breed specific condition on how long they stay broody.

    I have one bantam that is broody 10 months of the year, she is a OEG bantam that is constantly broody. She will hatch every egg I put under her but the one problem with her is that she will tend to the chicks for about two weeks then go back to sitting.

    I have had white leghorns that will show broodiness for a week or two then go back to being a leghorn.

    When I end up with too many that are broody I try to break them. Here is what I do with with the standard breeds (it is not so successful on the bantam breeds but can work). I have a wire cage that I hang on the side of the coop and place the broodies in with water and food. Do not give them anything to sit in or on. It generally take about a week to snap them out of it.
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    That worked ONCE with our turken and we finally gave her eggs to hatch. Now it is one of my BO's that is sitting. [​IMG]
     

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