How will I know if a hen is "broody"?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sunshyne276, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Sunshyne276

    Sunshyne276 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd love to let put one of the hens and some eggs in a separate area, and let some of these eggs hatch!
    But, how can I tell if a hen is "broody"?
     
  2. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    Broody hens will not leave there nest only for short times to eat and drink other than that they sit and some will get tempermental when you get to close or other birds get to close.
     
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    At bed time .... errrr, roost time .... the hen will not roost. She will stay on the nest.
     
  4. Sunshyne276

    Sunshyne276 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, ok.. Thank you both! It sounds like none of my girls have "gone broody" yet, then! lol
    Guess i'd better get to work on trying to make a homemade incubator. [​IMG]
     
  5. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    AR
    Mine will always growl when I reach in to touch her.[​IMG]
     
  6. mothersin2ition

    mothersin2ition Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She will peck your hand off if you try to get near her eggs [​IMG]. Thats a definite sign your hen is serious about setting. Good luck!!
     

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