Is my hen brooding?

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

  1. Kambi

    Kambi In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2007
    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 Crowing

    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

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Yup, I would say she is broody. Have fun!
  4. M.J

    M.J Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    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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