I might have my first broody! **update post 7

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kerriliane, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. kerriliane

    kerriliane Songster

    Sep 19, 2010
    Langley, BC, Canada
    I had a hen today at about 4pm (3hrs ago at this point) climb into one of the next boxes, and nestle in. here I am thinking - woo! Leaving the eggs in the nests last night worked! Convinced my hens to lay more! Well.. she hasn't moved. There are I believe 5 eggs under her and I have 4 roo's so some might be fertile!

    Is there anything I should do? Is it okay to leave her in the coop? I dont want to move her, and risk losing her broody behaviour..
    I find it kind of funny though, as I JUST got my incubator in the mail today and stuck two eggs in.. so lets hope she is broody and i can stick the chicks under her if the twoi eggs I have in there hatch!

    This is my possible broody!
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2010
  2. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    I'll tell you what my broody did... she laid 15 eggs consecutive days then went broody, I was so impressed with how good she was laying then phoo she sits on the nest and doesn't come off and no more eggs out of her, so I got some fertile because I don't have a roo. and now I don't know if she gets off for too long a period or not.
    gl with yours
  3. kerriliane

    kerriliane Songster

    Sep 19, 2010
    Langley, BC, Canada
    I went into the coop to turn the light off (9pm) and she was STILL there! She had her beak down and what looked like re-arranging the eggs!
    shes all flattened out too.. taking up the whole nest box! If shes still there on saturday Im gonna buy some fertile eggs and stick them under her.. hope she'll hatch them!
  4. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Sounds very much like she is broody.
    If she stays on the eggs overnight she will probably 'set'....give her the eggs that you want her to hatch then.
    You will see her turning the eggs and carefully re-arranging them. She will fluff out,'growl' or even peck you if you go too near.
    If you place an egg in front of her she will quickly roll it under her breast if she is committed to hatching.

    Good Luck,

  5. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa
    You can also check her breast and see if she is bald Hens pluck there feathers out when there broody Its pretty neat looking Good luck sounds like she wants to be a Mama [​IMG]
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Congrats! It does sound like she's broody!
  7. kerriliane

    kerriliane Songster

    Sep 19, 2010
    Langley, BC, Canada
    I came home today to her wandering the run, the chickens water was emptyso i filled it, she had a drink then went back into the coop but into a different nest!! I gaveher an egg and she pulled it under her. She bit my finger when i got too close too! Imjust concerned now because she'sdecided to sit on a different nest... will she figure it out?

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