1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Is my hen broody?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickens123432, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. chickens123432

    chickens123432 Out Of The Brooder

    71
    0
    39
    Feb 22, 2015
    I have a silver lakenvelder hen who only in the mornings just sits in the nesting box and won't get out. She lets me take the eggs from under her but won't get out. She is not mean or anything and later in the day she runs around in the yard. What does this mean?
     
  2. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,438
    200
    198
    Dec 11, 2015
    McVeytown PA
    She is probably wanting to go broody but she is waiting for the eggs to collect until she is satisfied with the number she has
     
  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    22,900
    3,060
    456
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Yeah, its a process. If you do want to set eggs under her, then remove eggs on a daily basis and then set them once she has been all night in the nest for 2-3 nights (and days). If you don't want to hatch chicks, then breaking her broodiness once she has stopped laying is a good way forward IMO (search "broody buster").

    CT
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by