is my broody eating enough

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenjoe12, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. chickenjoe12

    chickenjoe12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2014
    Hullo wise people I have a broody that I take everyday about 4but she only stays out for 30 seconds then goes back to her eggs so Im wondering if she gets off herself she hatched last year aswell
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Broodies do not want to be seen going to/from the nest - it is instinct for them to make these trips as secretively as possible so as not to draw predators (you are seen as a predator in this situation) back to the nest and reveal it's location. She is getting up when she feels safest to do so, which is when no one is around watching her. When you remove her from the nest that is distressing and her instinct is to get back onto the nest as quickly as possible.
  3. chickenjoe12

    chickenjoe12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2014
    @Ol Grey Mare thank you
    i caught her off the nest today so im just going to leave her alone until the 24th ( due date)
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I agree with OGM, but some are more secretive than others. Each chicken is an individual, especially with behaviors it’s hard to paint all of them with the same brush. In warmer weather I’ve seen a broody leave her nest twice a day and spend more than an hour off the nest each time. She spent a lot of that time hanging around with the rest of the flock. I don’t see that often.

    In cooler weather I’ve seen a hen stay off the nest for fifteen minutes, rushing everywhere and not being real nice to any chicken that got in her way. That’s the behavior I’m more used to with a broody. Often I never see a broody off the nest. But since she is not pooping in the nest, she is leaving. I just don’t see her.

    Different people do this differently, but I leave my broodies alone until she brings the chicks off the nest. I do check under them every day after all eggs are laid to remove any I haven’t marked as belonging, but other than that I try to be very hands-off.
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