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I think I have a broody Buff Orpington?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bridgerview, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. bridgerview

    bridgerview New Egg

    Jun 30, 2010
    We have a 5+ month old Buff Orpington that I think is broody. Is it unusual to have a broody hen at such a young age and I don't think she is laying yet? When we move her, sometimes the nesting box is empty under her. The other boxes have eggs in them. I am not sure if she is laying yet, my guess is that she has layed a couple small eggs at best. She doesn't like to move, and really growls at you when you try to move her. I caught her rolling eggs under her once to keep them away from me when I tried to move her. I just want to make sure she is broody and that something else is not wrong with her. She seems to be healthy and a little growly when she is out of the box to eat and drink. THanks for any ideas.
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    When she gets off the nest box to eat or drink, do you notice if she is fluffed up and clucking? How much during the day is she staying on the nest? If she's on the nest most of the day and during the night, she probably broody.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    All chickens will roll eggs under them. Some of mine growl, but just don't like to be disturbed on the nest. The key to being broody is being on the nest all day and especially at night.
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010

    Plus, my Buff Orps seem to take forever to lay an egg. They'll sit in that nestbox for well over an hour before they get up. And when someone is in line, I think they sit there even longer [​IMG]
  5. bridgerview

    bridgerview New Egg

    Jun 30, 2010
    We rarely see her outside to eat and drink. She is in the box most of the day and night (I assume) and when we kick her off, she'll go out and eat and then right back in to the box. I think we may try her as a broody hen and see if we can hatch some chicks with her.
  6. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you sure she's eating? Could she be sick or egg bound?
  7. bridgerview

    bridgerview New Egg

    Jun 30, 2010
    I've kicked her out and she has gone right over to the food and water. I assume she is doing this on her own also. She seems to be in good health other than just sitting on the box all day. Like today she switched from an empty box to a box that had three eggs in it, thats where she was when I grabbed eggs tonight. She was none too happy about losing those eggs.
  8. bawkbawkbawk

    bawkbawkbawk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well then that does sound like broody behavior. We had to forcibly remove our broody BO from the nest a few times a day to get her to eat and drink, but she's two years old. Yours must be precocious.

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