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How old are hens when they go broody??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by americana-chick, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

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    thanks for answering [​IMG]
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Many never go broody. It's been bred out of many breeds in favor of high egg production. It varies with the ones that do. I had a Buff Orpington go broody within a month of laying her first egg.
     
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

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    as said its bred out of some hens.an some go broody shortly after they start laying.an for some spring causes them to go broody.
     
  4. 3peeps

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    My buff orpington laid for three weeks, then went broody for four. Her genetics are right for brooding...she successfully raised three. My wyandotte has not gone broody, but my australorp has "dabbled" in it.
     
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    My Australorp was just over a year old when she went broody.
     
  6. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

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    My Golden Comet Sex Link is just a little over a year old, and she is hatching her first set of eggs today. [​IMG]
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    My BO went broody at around 10 months.... she's got a baby now, a cute speckled sussex! [​IMG]

    I have a broody Mille Fleur D'Uccle now, she's about a year old.
     

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