How long till a broody lays again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mommysongbird, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    We had a broody pullet a few weeks ago and now she isn't even laying. How long till she lays again??

    I had to take the artificial eggs out of the boxes because of her, but now she is not laying at all.
     
  2. chickchicks

    chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello

    i dont think ther is any given time frame as ther is a lot of factors

    in my experience this yearwith my first broodys

    i let one raise 3 babies this year the other onedid not but wtill had the broodyness goingfor there... its been 15+weeks and i still have no eggs

    however they have also been moulting recently which can affectegg laying as does the light.

    others have had broodys and had egs a lot quicker
    i hope someone here can help you better than i can
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our broodies took about 5 weeks to finish raising their clutches, then went back to laying about a week after they'd kicked out the little kiddoes. But this was in the spring/summer. It's on into winter now, so unless you're lengthening the photo period with artificial light, that will be a factor, as well as the age of the hen.
     
  4. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    Quote:No clutches here, so that is not the issue. No molting, so that is not the issue. I am NOT supplementing light either, but that doesn't seem to be effected the other 3 girls. They are all the same age, about 28 - 29 weeks. She doesn't act as if there is anything wrong with her and is not ill that I can tell. She is NOT broody any longer.
     

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