How to tell if a chicken is broody or going broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chloe77, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Chloe77

    Chloe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please help me out on this, because I'm trying to hatch an egg, and I'm at a loss as how to do so. [​IMG]
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    She will not get off the nest, other then to eat, drink and poop, which is huge and stinky. When you go up the the nest, they sometimes will growl and peck at you. You can tempt her with some golf balls or wooden eggs. I would set more than one egg, that way when the hen leaves the chick it won't be alone.
     
  3. Chloe77

    Chloe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And when do they get most broody? In spring?
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    My hens went broody all year round, even in the middle of winter. Actually, now that I think about it, they seemed to prefer the cooler months.
     
  5. Chloe77

    Chloe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm, thanks for telling me!
     
  6. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breeds do you have? Some breeds are much broodier than others and it is not a behavior that you can really control. My cochin is broody almost every other month by my delaware and leghorn have never gone broody once in 3 years.

    If you are really wanting to hatch via a broody you might want to consider getting a broody breed like a cochin or silkie. (If you do get a silkie it's best to get at least 2 so they can sleep together)
     
  7. Chloe77

    Chloe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a great idea. I have Barred Rocks! I think they're a pretty broody breed. Are they? Cochins sound good.
     

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