need advice on broody Chantecler

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lkm24, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. lkm24

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    Hi all! I'm a newbie, and I'm hoping you can share some of your expertise!

    My partridge chantecler hen has been laying for about a month. She has gotten increasingly broody, with all the symptoms I've read about in this forum - eg, when you reach for her while she's sitting, she fluffs up and growls.

    Lately she's been spending most of the day sitting on the nest. When I move her, she occupies herself pecking around for a few minutes, then makes her way back to the nest.

    She's still laying every day, but I'm not quite sure at what time. I don't want to remove her from the nest when she's about to lay. And I'd like her to continue to have access to the nest box for laying. On the other hand, I don't want to encourage broodiness.

    Any suggestions?

    Also: I've read (here) that eventually broody hens stop laying. At what point does that happen?

    Thanks so much for any advice you can offer!

    Laura
     

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