Is It Obvious When a Hen Goes Broody??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickie Mamma, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello, I have had my 3 hens for 2 years now and I don't believe I ever saw them Broody. Is it that obvious or am I oblivious?? [​IMG]
     
  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    You might have a breed that typically does not go broody.

    When our Pumpkin first went broody, I thought she was having trouble laying an egg. And since she was new at being broody, it took her a couple days to figure out that she was supposed to fluff up and grumble-growl whenever I opened the coop door. By then I figured it out. Broody, big time. (She's a Buff Orp, which are prone to broodiness.)

    What kind of chickens are yours?
     
  3. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    I actually have 1 Buff Orphington and 2 Dark/light Brahmas. My Buff laid eggs all summer and stopped in October. I have not noticed any change in any of their behavior. Could it be that I take the eggs out every day?
     
  4. msgenie516

    msgenie516 The Happy Hen

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    Hi,

    I have Silkies that seem to be broody more often than not. They hardly leave the nest and look like they're mad at the world--this is a very serious business!

    I'm sure you will know if the time comes! Genie
     
  5. msgenie516

    msgenie516 The Happy Hen

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    Hi again,

    I answered before I saw your last reply! They don't need eggs to be broody, they will sit on "nothing" if they have to!

    Good luck! Genie
     
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  6. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My buff orp went broody this fall. She wouldn't leave the nest box 24/7. I keep pushing her out and no sooner than she hit the floor she was right back in, even with me watching. She seemed to get an attitude when ever I was feeding and giving them water. I must say they are the most friendly of all I have had. This went on for 2 weeks till I bought a dozen fertile eggs. She sat and hatched the eggs. It was remarkable to watch how a broody takes care of her chicks. If you get a chance, go for it. You won't regret it.
     
  7. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Thanks Genie! I'll talk to them and ask them [​IMG]
     
  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Most of my broodies have been fairly nice. They just made threatening noses at me when I disturbed them. Then there was Buffy. When she went broodie, you took your life in your hands touching her. She would leave a bloody stump where you hand used to be. Once I tried to be nice and put food and a dish of water right next to her. The water dish was a 16 ounce cool whip dish. She threw a fit a picked the water dish up and flung it at me. How that little chicken could pick up a dish with 16 ounces of water in it and throw it as far is she did is a mystery to me. Unfortunately she and my other broodie going hens were slaughtered by the neighbor's dogs.
     
  9. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    I just went out to the coop.. " Frank " (now Francine) has been on the nest all day. I tried to push her over and she puts her wings out and squats down, lifts butt up. I always thought this was what they do when they mate. Could that mean she's broody? [​IMG] She won't move off the nest easily.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2008
  10. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Quote:Thats too funny. I never knew they could get that nasty [​IMG]
     

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