Is my hen going broody???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Desert Rooster, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    One of my hens stays in a nest box to lay her egg for about 3-4 hours at a time, When i open the box to collect eggs, she puffs up and screams at me but later gets off and stays off of the nest box for the rest of the day.
    This has been going on for the past 4 days, ive also noticed that she makes these little soft constant clucks once she gets off of the nest and is with the rest of the flock.
    is she going broody?????
  2. HatchingFever

    HatchingFever Songster

    Feb 8, 2011
    probley thinking about it just keep watching her but sme of my hens are just coop sherifs
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
  4. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Those are the symptoms of a hen who's thinking about going broody. She's not really broody until she begins to sit on the nest exclusive to all other activities. Be on the alert.

    You can maybe sway her from deciding to go all the way broody by removing all eggs as soon as she lays them. Whenever you notice her on the nest, reach under her and remove all the eggs. If she keeps sitting on an empty nest, you know you have a broody.

    I just read on another thread you can thrust a broody in several inches of snow for a few minutes and it may cure her. I've had good luck breaking a broody by placing her in an open mesh bottom cage in a well-lit area with a fan blowing under her .
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I've had many hens do that and not go broody. I think the hormones that cause them to go broody start to kick in but don't go far enough. Either the broody instinct is not strong enough or something just doesn't click for them.

    My test is that a hen has to spend two consecutive nights on the nest instead of in her usual roosting spot before she gets any eggs. Until she does that, she is just teasing you.
  6. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Well, she's finally done it, my first broody [​IMG], now i have to find a way to break her from that, ill try putting her in a small hutch i have to see if she snaps out of it [​IMG]
  7. LindsayB

    LindsayB Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Cypress, Texas
    One of my EE hens does that if I open the coop up when shes laying. Is this a sign that they will become broody later? I'm kind of hoping she does!
  8. Larkin

    Larkin Chirping

    Aug 10, 2010
    Northern Wisconsin
    I've got a BO hen who appears to be broody. What's "wrong" with it? If you take any eggs out from under her, what's the problem? I better look into this further!
  9. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Songster

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bolivia N.C
    When they are laying, The broody reaction is more of a defense thing, because they are vulnerable when they are laying.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011
  10. dandelionheart

    dandelionheart Songster

    Sep 15, 2010
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Yeah... Bronwen was a "wanna-be broody" like that before becoming officially broody (on pine shavings). Good luck with that. [​IMG] I took away the golf balls, am trying to collect the others' eggs quickly, and *trying* to scoot her off the nest as much as possible (they'll probably be getting more treats than normal). Oh well. [​IMG]

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