Is she going broody??

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  1. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    i have a BR pullet that refuses to leave her chosen nest site, a box in hubby's workshop- here is her pic... she growls and puffs up - is that girl going broody?

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  2. ZaneyMama

    ZaneyMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely sounds like it to me. If you take her out, does she go rushing right back in?
     
  3. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    i'll go see.... in november??? sheesh!
     
  4. artsyrobin

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    man...she sure snarls!! yep- she is very attached to that box-
     
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    ZaneyMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a broody hatch chicks in September. They were 8 weeks old yesterday and doing great! Until something ate one in our yard yesterday. Point is, I think if you let her raise chicks, they'll be fine! She'll keep them warm under her at night and bring them in when it gets too cold during the day.
     
  6. artsyrobin

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    Well, i guess she changed her mind - she suddenly hopped up and off she went- weird- maybe she is practicing...[​IMG]
     
  7. beachchickie

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    She is in the early stages of broody. Do you want her to be?
     
  8. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I will be following this thread very closely.

    AliceAnn, my best layer has become snarling beast woman, as well.
    I understand Australorps can tend to be broody, I just thought we might have a bit more time! She just turned 6 months old, and had been laying very reliably (6-7 eggs a week) for 8 weeks.

    I have no hatching eggs to put beneath her, so I am saddened we are losing her egg a day to being broody, for nothing.
    I am against "breaking her", as in dunking in water or fighting her every stage of the way, but I would prefer she went back to laying eggs!

    If left to her own devices, how long (best guestimate) will a hen remain broody?
    Thanks, in advance, as always.

    Brightest Blessings
     
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rachel'sFlock :

    I will be following this thread very closely.

    AliceAnn, my best layer has become snarling beast woman, as well.
    I understand Australorps can tend to be broody, I just thought we might have a bit more time! She just turned 6 months old, and had been laying very reliably (6-7 eggs a week) for 8 weeks.

    I have no hatching eggs to put beneath her, so I am saddened we are losing her egg a day to being broody, for nothing.
    I am against "breaking her", as in dunking in water or fighting her every stage of the way, but I would prefer she went back to laying eggs!

    If left to her own devices, how long (best guestimate) will a hen remain broody?
    Thanks, in advance, as always.

    Brightest Blessings

    I break mine, but not by dunking them or fighting with them. I put them in a wire bottom rabbit hutch with food/water but nothing that can be used for a nest. It usually only takes a few days, doesn't hurt the hen at all, isn't a big hassle AND she doesn't get run down from sitting on nothing and starts laying again.​
     
  10. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    can the cage be in their same coop with the others, or will she have to be seperated entirely?
    Thanks again!
     

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