Is she broody? Or am I paranoid?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by akd1991, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. akd1991

    akd1991 New Egg

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    I have only been getting gags for a week now and I am wondering if it's possible for a hen to get broody that quick. She is a Rhode Island Red. I have two nesting boxes, I put one Easter egg in each of them to teach them to lay in there.

    Do hens sit a while before they lay? Also she's a little bit nippy when you go to pet her but she just might want to be left alone before she lays?[​IMG]
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
    If she doesn't get off the nest even at night then wait a couple days and is she still is sitting there then she is probably broody. If she's broody she will still get of her nest a little while to stretch her legs, eat, and drink. But she may not be broody, it is normal for some hens to sit there for ever before laying. It is also normal for some hens to growl and peck while laying. Hope you'll find out soon!
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    It is perfectly normal for a hen to spend some time in the nest box before and after laying her egg. My hens could easily there for an hour or more some days, complaining bitterly when I bother them. Regarding broodiness, I've had a hen go broody 2 weeks after laying her first egg.
     
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  4. akd1991

    akd1991 New Egg

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    Thank you everyone! I'm happy to have finally join a back yard chicken forum. She laid an egg and went on with her business.
     
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    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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