Is this broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenprincess92, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. chickenprincess92

    chickenprincess92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen Daisy has been sitting in the nest box for about 17 hours and making crazy noises when I open the nest box door! But so far she still laid an egg! Is she broody.
     
  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like it, get her some fertile eggs to sit on.
     
  3. J.Pryce

    J.Pryce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds broody to me.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Broody hens do not lay eggs. Other hens will lay in the nest with a broody and sometimes a broody will carry an egg back to her nest. If she laid an egg, she is not broody. If another egg showed up it does not mean she laid it.

    Once a broody starts to set on the eggs, the eggs start to develop. If an egg is added after the others start to develop, that egg will not hatch before the hen leaves the nest with the chicks that have hatched.

    Another problem. A broody hen does not eat and drink a lot. She will lose quite a bit of weight while she is broody because she is not eating much. If she were also laying eggs that are about 3% of her body weight when she is weakened from not eating much, she would be putting her life at risk from malnutrition. She could not survive being broody if she were laying.

    Mother nature programmed broody hens to stop laying for some very good reasons.

    My test to see if a hen is broody is that I have to see her spend two nights straight on the nest instead of in her favorite roosting spot. I've had several that spend a lot of time on the nest, make that broody clucking sound, cop a real bad broody attitude, but not spend two straight nights on the nest. The hormones may be acting uop, but she is not broody enough to hatch eggs.
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    What Ridgerunner said. Exactly.
     
  6. chickenprincess92

    chickenprincess92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to all of you for your replys! This morning she is still on the nest box! I will keep you posted if she lays an egg or not.
     

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