How old will a hen be before she sits on her eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lucidmom, May 29, 2012.

  1. lucidmom

    lucidmom In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2011
    So we have a hen and roo that have bred. They have been observed. My hen is not quite a year old. Is she to young to sit and hatch her clutch? How old are they when they will start sitting?
  2. hennyandpenny

    hennyandpenny Chirping

    Mar 14, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    when they start to lay they should be able to go broody... she just might not be a broody pullet[​IMG]
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    There are no guarantees that she will ever go broody.

    Some breeds/varieties/strains will go broody at the drop of a hat while others seldom do. When it comes to specific individual birds you'll just have to wait and see.

    Generally speaking she's more likely to broody in the spring though some will do it anytime. Usually after she's sized her eggs up to their full size.

    If you want her to set give her a cozy, snug, dark nest with good airflow and not too much excitement around her and let a few eggs accumulate (mark them) in the nest. That may help her get into the mood, but there are no guarantees.
  4. bufforphington

    bufforphington In the Brooder

    May 29, 2012
    my chickens have been laying since, well for a REALLY long time and none of them have layed on their eggs for very long (plus i have ten chickens)
  5. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I had hatchery hens for over a year and 1/2 and none went broody but when I got heritage types from breeders they are brooders for sure. Sexlinks and hatchery hens are mostly for laying and the broodiness has been almost bred out of them. Gloria jean

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