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Information on broody Buff Rocks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by blueberryboy, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. blueberryboy

    blueberryboy Hatching

    Apr 28, 2016
    Hello all, I just joined BYC today! I've had chickens for around 6 years but this is the first year that I've bought them as chicks and am trying to raise them myself. I currently have around 60 chicks growing up and around 20 of them are Buff Rocks. I recently learned that they are very broody hens (rookie mistake as I was not interested in broody hens and didn't catch that before I got them[​IMG]) and was wondering for little more information on them. Few big questions are...

    -If you are able to get them out of a broody mood once will they be out for ever?
    -Does the amount of hens it is with increase/decrease the broodiness of the hen?
    -If I constantly remove the eggs will they be less likely to sit on them?

    If theres any other things you think i should know and what to add that'd be great! Thanks!

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey

    Broody hens tend to become broody repeatedly - I have had hens raise as many as 5 clutches in a year.

    In my experience flock population has no impact on the occurrence of broodiness.

    Some people feel that the presence of a clutch of eggs encourages broodiness. I am not certain that this is factual.
  3. blueberryboy

    blueberryboy Hatching

    Apr 28, 2016

    Is there anyway to try to prevent broodieness in them?
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    No you can't stop them from going broody - you can do some things to "break" their broodiness but they will go broody again. If they do it often enough to annoy you, you should re-home them. Lots of folks welcome broodies with open arms. Much better than using an incubator.

    You can check out articles on "Breaking broodies," put that in the search box.
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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