How often does a chicken go broody??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ufgrad98, May 1, 2012.

  1. ufgrad98

    ufgrad98 Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2011
    I have a buff orprington that just turned 1 year old last week. She went broody in January, then again on April 1st, and now today. The first two times, I separated her and put her in a cage with a wire bottom for three days and she got over it. But, it has happened again today. We live in the city and can't have any more than 4 chickens (which is what we have now), so I don't want to give her fertilized eggs to hatch. I also don't really have room to separate her constantly (once in a while it will be fine, but not on a monthly basis). Is this normal to go broody this often?? Will it continue to be like this? I have someone that is willing to take her but my kids are so sad to be giving her away since this was our first year raising chickens. Any thoughts?
  2. SweetSilver

    SweetSilver Chillin' With My Peeps

    This sounds like my BO. Broody every chance she gets. Ours couldn't possibly give us all the eggs we eat, so I gave up trying to stop her broodiness. After 2 years we did let her hatch out a clutch of eggs, and she hasn't been broody since. Coincidence? Hmmmmmm......... The broodiness had gotten so bad, if she started to lay I would suspect her on the verge of broodiness, and often, sure enough, 9 days later..........
  3. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    My Silkies go broody about every other month. I will give them eggs, they will hatch and raise them, go back to being normal for a few weeks, then back to broody. I have 3 broodies right now, with 1 on a nest that just hatched. So 4 birds out of egg laying comission.

    Other hens dont go broody at all. Just depends on the bird.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I have had hens (of broody breeds) brood and raise 4 or more lots of chicks in a years time.

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