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

kerriliane

Songster
9 Years
Sep 19, 2010
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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!

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This is my possible broody!
 
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tuesdays chicks

Songster
9 Years
Apr 26, 2010
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4
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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
 

kerriliane

Songster
9 Years
Sep 19, 2010
203
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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!
 

pgpoultry

Songster
10 Years
Oct 16, 2009
2,290
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Wales
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,

Sandie
 

Cackling Hen

Just Scratching Around
10 Years
Apr 21, 2009
1,284
10
161
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
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kerriliane

Songster
9 Years
Sep 19, 2010
203
0
101
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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