Is it healthy to be THIS broody??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by txchickie, May 22, 2010.

  1. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    Texas
    I have a banty EE hen that is currently sitting on her THIRD clutch of eggs and she's not even a year old (she will be 1yr next month). She's hatched and raised 2 groups of chicks, just 'weaned' her last bunch about 2 weeks ago.
    The girl will lay 7-8 eggs and then must sit [​IMG] She free ranges and is a master nest hider. Currently she's sitting/sharing on a nest with a guinea hen, don't know how that's going to work out for her. They're all guinea eggs (I looked under them and nearly lost all my arm skin [​IMG]), she just decided to sit with the guinea.
    Has anyone had a hen that pretty much stayed in Mama-Mode?
     
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I have but she wasn't as good a mom as your girl. I eventually culled her but her health was just fine. I just didn't want a career broody that couldn't raise a nice big hatch.
     

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