Is she broody or is something else going on?

madgabmomma

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I have a 9mo old black austrolorp hen that has been sitting in her nest box for almost 48hrs straight now. However for the past 5-6 days she's been hanging out in their longer than normal but eventually getting out and free ranging with the rest of the flock. I've never had a standard size chicken go broody before but I know it's definately possible, and I've never had a chicken go broody at this young of an age either. I've been collecting the eggs everyday, until yesterday when she didn't get off the nest. The thing is she doesn't look like the broody's I've had before. Usually my bantams look like they are sort of in a trance like state and this one does not look like that too me. She's been resting her head on the front of the nest box as well which concerns me. If something is wrong with her what could it be and what do I do? It's been really hot here for weeks now with no rain at all so I'm wondering if it could be related too that? Thanks!
 

Happy Chooks

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Is she showing any other signs of broodiness? Puffing up, etc?

My first broody (LF - I don't have bantams) went broody at 7 months, so it's not too young for her to be broody.
 

gritsar

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Quote:Oops, I forgot that part. Yes, not to young for broody. I also had a 7 mo. old go broody and go broody and go broody.....
 

madgabmomma

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Quote:Oops, I forgot that part. Yes, not to young for broody. I also had a 7 mo. old go broody and go broody and go broody.....


O great! Just what I need another broody hen! I checked under her a few minutes ago but didn't actually check her. There are 4eggs under her. She's my only ba so I can tell 2 of them are hers which means she's laid the past 2 days and is apparently getting up long enough too let my orph lay in there too. She did puff up at me when I was checking under her so I am going too assume she is broody. I guess it was just so hot earlier when I went out maybe that's why she didn't seem broody and was panting so much. Thanks for you're help!
 

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