I Have A Black Jersey Giant That's Going Broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crossbowhunter5, May 5, 2016.

  1. crossbowhunter5

    crossbowhunter5 Out Of The Brooder

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    The question i have is why is she going broody & she is only year old the 15th of this month It's a little early for her to be setting this soon
     
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  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had pullets go broody at 9 months, its all up to the bird itself Haha
     
  3. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal True BYC Addict

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    Some hens go broody at six months, some at a year. Some don't go broody at all. Just depends on the chicken. [​IMG]
     
  4. Killer Tomato

    Killer Tomato Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this thread is two years old, but I gotta bump it.

    My Jersey girl is 9 months old and going broody too! She didn't start laying til 7 months (late spring chick), and now she's pulling out her breast feathers, spending hours in the nest box, hiding her eggs around the yard.

    When I checked for eggs yesterday, one was squashed flat from her weight! We don't fat shame around here, but jeesh! Come on girl!

    I've been lecturing her, and feel like I'm talking to my kids about getting a hamster, "If you're serious about this, you need to show me that you're responsible enough before I get you some fertile eggs. I'm not going to be the one taking care of them!"

    We'll see if she's serious, or if it's just a phase.
     
  5. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hopefully she is, I've found that while the smaller birds in my flock make JUST as great mothers, the bigger ones can carry their own weight and fend off the other large but stupid birds in the flock while the smaller moms tend to get picked on. And bigger the momma, the more eggs you can put under! haha! Good luck to you and her! <3
     
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  6. Killer Tomato

    Killer Tomato Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's definitely *thinking* about it -- found another crushed egg (and not from any nutritional deficiency, just from her ginormous breasts). Pulling out more feathers.

    You're right about "size matters!" She's the youngest hen, and while her best friend, and age mate, a little Easter Egger, gets picked on by the other hens, nobody picks on the Jersey girl. She's not being very serious yet, but maybe soon. I'd love to experience this side of chicken keeping.
     
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