HOW would you know?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by annie3001, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    hello.
    how would you know if a hen is going broody? or what are the signs?
    thank you.

    andrea-[​IMG]
     
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    She wont get off the nest, hoards eggs and fluffs up if you try to put your hand under her and growls!
     
  3. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    okay. would a hen go broody without a rooster?
     
  4. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Absolutely mine does all the time!
    You just need a roo to have fertile eggs!
     
  5. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    okay thanks, we dont have any roos

    thanks for the quick response!!! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2010
  6. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Then if you want babies order some hatching eggs or if you dont then break her being broody by putting her in a wire bottomed cage with food and water and no nesting materials...being broody too long is hard on their health!
     
  7. Andi

    Andi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry for interrupting, but how is being broody hard on their health?
     
  8. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Broody chickens don't get off the nest for anything except once a day to poop and eat for the entire month or so it takes to hatch eggs. This is really hard on their bodies, so unless you are going to have chicks, its not worth letting them go through that.
     
  9. Andi

    Andi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks.
     

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