How long for broody hen to lay eggs again

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Fullcoop, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Fullcoop

    Fullcoop Hatching

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    One of my chickens (6 month old white rock) went broody. She wouldn't leave the nest even with no eggs in the box and the other hens picked on her when she came out to make her go sit back on the nest. Well of course she stopped laying eggs but it took me 2 days to break her from sitting in the box all day but she still hasn't laid eggs again. How long for her to start again? Is it weird that another chicken stopped laying too while she was broody and hasn't eggs since?
     
  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

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    It can take several weeks to a month for a hen to begin to lay again after going broody depending on the hen and the breed.

    Usually hens molt after brooding, so they have to finish that process before they lay again. Making sure their nutrition level is up can help them regain strength to lay sooner.

    Other things can factor in as well. If they finish brooding to go into the winter months, you may not see an egg until spring.

    LofMc
     
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  3. Fullcoop

    Fullcoop Hatching

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    Oh man! I hope it doesn't take that long for her to lay eggs again.

     
  4. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing

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    If the hen has only been broody for a couple of days, mine usually start laying again within 1 to 2 weeks after breaking their broodiness.
     
  5. Wilmer Gehman

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    I had a chicken that didn't lay eggs for a month after being broody. Like "Lady of McCamly" said it depends on the breed and hen. Look luck! hope you get an egg soon!
     
  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

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    I would be surprised that it takes her that long...first because I am surprised she went broody at all. White Rock have been genetically selected for production which means deselected for broodiness.

    Chances are she will be into production soon since you broke her of her broodiness.

    Be aware, some hens are real stinkers about wanting to brood and nothing short of hatching chicks makes them stop.

    I put my girls to work hatching eggs, but I know not all people prefer to or can do that.

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  7. Fullcoop

    Fullcoop Hatching

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    I hope you're right that she starts producing again soon. It's just my luck that I picked a "non broody" breed just for her to decide that she wants to be different.

     

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