Is my hen brooding?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jbh, May 31, 2011.

  1. jbh

    jbh New Egg

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    Hi!

    I am a newbie. My gardener decided to drop off his excess hens in my backyard since I already had an empty coop.

    I got one mother her and her 4 chicks. The chicks are about 8 weeks old (I think). They can flap their wings and fly a little bit now.

    My problem is that since settling down the mother hen is always busy with protecting her chicks. She keeps them under her wings most of the time. I've build a nest (using a packing box and pine shavings) but they all sleep under some planks that were in the coop earlier instead of using the box. And I haven't got any eggs from the hen either since coming here (about 9 days now). Is it because she is in some kind of brooding mode, or is she not yet comfortable with the environment?

    Thanks.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] While they are setting or caring for chicks, hens stop laying. When the chicks mature, she will resume laying.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    She's caring for the chicks. She won't lay until she weans them.
     
  4. jbh

    jbh New Egg

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    Thanks a lot guys. Will wait for the chicks to mature [​IMG]
     
  5. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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