is this called broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cptbahama, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. cptbahama

    cptbahama Songster

    Jan 13, 2011
    augusta, georgia
    I have a buff orpington in my flock of 9 hens, all around 7 months old. the last week or so she just sits in the nest box. she doesn't necessarily sit on an egg though. there are two nest boxes and she is always on the one so the rest of the chickens lay in the other. is this broody? i don't know if she is sick or trying to hatch an egg that is not there??

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Is she staying on the nest like 23 1/2 - 7???? Does she "growl" at you when you reach in to pet her or feel for eggs under her??? If so, I'd say you have a broody. If not, then she may just be dabbling...

    ETA - hmmm...I've never heard of a broody that mild mannered. They ususally growl, screech, or threaten in some way when you reach in toward them. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  3. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    Sounds like she could be. Does she sleep on the nest at night? Does she puff up her feathers and screech at you if you try to reach into the nest?
  4. darkmatter

    darkmatter Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    Does she give you the stink eye with threats?


  5. cptbahama

    cptbahama Songster

    Jan 13, 2011
    augusta, georgia
    she doesn't growl at me. i reach in and remove her from the nest or lift her up to see if she is on eggs and she usually is not on eggs. she just goes right back to sitting on the nest. she sleeps there too.
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    If she sleeps there and ONLY gets up to take a quick drink/bite to eat, then yes, she's broody.
  7. cptbahama

    cptbahama Songster

    Jan 13, 2011
    augusta, georgia
    even with no egg to sit on? i thought they had to guard, watch, etc.. an egg

  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Nawww - it's all hormonal. Real egg, wooden egg, or no egg...doesn't matter.
  9. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Songster

    She's hatching a baby golf. [​IMG] (Do you have golf balls in the nest box?)

  10. rungirl

    rungirl Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    And they aren't always mean. Sometimes they know you won't hurt them. My BO broody lets me pick her up, check her eggs or chicks. She grumbles a little about it, but never pecks me or acts aggressive. Now, if another chicken comes near them, that's another's war!

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