My Speckled Sussex gone broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Stevenson, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. Stevenson

    Stevenson Songster

    Feb 5, 2011
    Southwest Indiana
    I have not every dealt with a broody hen.

    About 3-4 nights ago, I found that my speckled sussex began spending the night in the nesting box. She is fairly aggressive when I check eggs under her. I watcher her lay an egg yesterday, even though she has been spending all her time in the box keeping golf balls warm :)

    I have eggs in the incubator (11 on day 8 and 9 on day 3). I am building a brooder box tomorrow, so I can try to move her tomorrow night.

    Should I feel comfortable moving her and adding the 11 eggs in a couple of days?

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    She may be headed toward broodiness, but I don't think she's really there if she laid an egg. I'd watch her a while longer. Or, move her and watch her. Moving a broody can break the broodiness. Some feel this is less likely if you move the whole nest, or at least the nesting material. If she really does go broody, you should be able to give her some incubated chicks to mother, if you want.

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