How often or when do hens go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cook_kaka_ook, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Songster

    Oct 29, 2009
    Do they differ by breeds? Does leaving the eggs on the nest encourage them to do so? My Austrolorp hen has been laying for about 5 weeks now. Is she going to be broody soon?
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Ummmm, never. I waited and waited and waited. Then I bought an incubator, ordered eggs, incubated eggs, hatched chicks, they're now 15 weeks old and still no broody. (in their defense they are only a year old)

    Hopefully I'll get one this year. [​IMG] But I lost my best chance at a broody - my buff orp.

    And no, you can't make them go broody. They only go broody when they get the urge. And some breeds are more prone to going broody than others.
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Some breeds are more prone to broodiness than others, although anything is possible. Production breeds like Sex-links, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Leghorns and Austrolorps have been purposely bred for high egg production and selected against broodiness, so it's not highly likely your Austrolorp will go broody, but stranger things have happened.

    The broodiest birds are Silkies, bantam Cochins and many other bantam breeds.
  4. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    What Southenbelle said. [​IMG]

    My LF birds never go broody (buff orps, welsummers, wyandottes, EEs). They are going on two years old now and have never shown the least interest in being broody. My banties on the other hand go broody if you look at them. I had silkies taking turns last winter and a mille fleur d'uccle and a silver sebright that shared a nest and an egg. When it hatched they shared parenting duties. It was really funny. I figure the silkies will go broody again any day now. I have one that keeps playing at it. I figure she'll get serious right about the time the weather gets nasty. [​IMG]
  5. henney penny

    henney penny Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    I have two pullet silkies that are 5 months old when will they go broody?Its still cold here in Maine so probably not until spring?
  6. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Quote:I had one go broody as young as 5 months. Mine usually went broody about 4-6 weeks after they started laying eggs, then they went on never-ending broody cycles. [​IMG]
  7. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Songster

    Oct 29, 2009
    Thank you everyone for your feedback. I'm just thinking of rewarding her to be a mom as soon as she shows broodiness since she lays eggs almost everyday. Then I'll have more prolific egg-laying hens like her if she'll have a good hatch.
  8. boxermom

    boxermom Songster

    Feb 22, 2009
    I have an 8 mo BO that is sitting on 12 eggs now. She went broody a little over 2 weeks ago. I was unable to break her, so gave her some mutt eggs to try. We'll see. She is on day 8.
  9. KateR

    KateR In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2013
    Small town Missouri

    This is interesting maybe my girls are special i have no idea but I have 3 black sexlinks, 2 leghorns and 2 buckeyes all about a year old that are broody. We just rescued 5 wild baby turkeys and my sexlink has taking them. It's very fun to watch this happen. Turkeys weren't eating very much so we thought they needed a mom to show them the way and its been 6 days and so far so good!
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013
  10. marcusy2j

    marcusy2j Songster

    Dec 26, 2012
    Depends on breed

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