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Is my hen brooding?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kambi, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. Kambi

    Kambi Out Of The Brooder

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    My one year old hen won't leave the box. She has no eggs to sit on because they roll back for collection. She is a Black Sex-Link and was the first of my hens to lay. She seems alert and not sick.

    Will they exhibit broody behavior at a certain age? Certain time of year? Even without an egg to sit on or a rooster?

    She made an unusual noise (growl?) when I raised the roof of the coop and checked on her. Will she stop doing this soon?

    I am hoping that this is the problem and she isn't egg bound.

    Thanks for any feedback
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Yep, she's broody. The growl is a sure sign. They will sit on air if need be and they don't care if there isn't a roo.
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Yup, I would say she is broody. Have fun!
     
  4. M.J

    M.J Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes she is deffinetly boody for i had a bantam cochin that for a month was brooding on dirt and wouldn't move so i had to break her out of it. if you want to break you hen out of it you can either move her to a diffrent pen so she cant get back to her nest or is she is a hard core brooder either put icecubes under her or in a cage with a wire bottom so air come up under her and breaks her out of brooding.
     

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