My Hen Isn't Goin' broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by birdsofthefarm, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. birdsofthefarm

    birdsofthefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am a begining breeder. I have seen my roo mate with 2 hens 3 days ago. But, None have gone broody. Explanation?
     
  2. JestersEye

    JestersEye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't go broody just because they've mated. They go broody only when the "mood strikes them" apparantly, or according to the "voices they hear in their head" (as other BYCers suggest). [​IMG] Actually, no one really knows what exactly makes a hen go broody. It is a waiting game.

    It also depends on the breed of chicken you have. Some breeds are known for their broodiness (likelihood to go broody), while others are considered non-broody (or non-sitting) breeds. I have Blue Andalusians (which are non-broody), as well as Blue Orpingtons (generally considered to be a broody breed). My 3 orp hens are just over a year old, and I'm still waiting for one of them to go broody. I've had to resort to using an incubator to hatch out some chicks, but would prefer to let the hens do it naturally. Oh well... good luck with your own "broody" issues. [​IMG]
     
  3. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Modern chicken breeds have had the broodiness bred out of them. When they go broody, egg production stops. They lay a nestfull then brood them for the survival of the species. Humans want eggs, not broody hens that stop laying eggs, so they have worked hard at stopping broody tendencies in chickens.

    Certain hens of certain breeds will tend to break the bonds of modern breeding and go broody anyway, but it's got nothing to do with whether or not a rooster mates with the hen. It's all whatever her nature dictates.

    You can try to select a breed that may go broody more than other ones, but there is no guarentee it will work. Here in 'Hendersons chook chart', it mentions if certain breeds tend to go broody or not, but there really isn't any hard and fast rule. Some hens will set on a nest, no matter what their breed is, some won't. ...aren't the females of all species wonderful!?!?!?!?!? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
     
  4. birdsofthefarm

    birdsofthefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:There is a deleware and a Barred Rock {hens
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Certain breeds tend to be more broody than others such as Silkies. Mating doesn't mean broody.
     
  6. birdsofthefarm

    birdsofthefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine didn't go broody either. So I bought a bator. 15 eggs incubating as I type.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Don't feel bad. I have 13 hens that have no interest in going broody at all. [​IMG]
     
  9. JestersEye

    JestersEye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:According to the Henderson chart, it appears that Delawares sometimes go broody, but the Barred Rock (same as Plymouth Rock?) are infrequent brooders.

    If you want to hatch out a lot of chicks, you might want to consider getting a few broody-type hens that you can place eggs under. That was the original reason I decided to get some Orpingtons, to go along with my Andalusians, although I haven't gotten any broodies yet.
     
  10. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Plymouth rocks aren't suppose to be frequent brooders. That includes the white rocks, and the barred rocks. Don't tell that to my white rock that's due to hatch 3 eggs this week though. [​IMG]
     

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