New chicken person. Is she broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LReardon, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. LReardon

    LReardon Chirping

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    So, I have a White Rock who is about 25 weeks. She's been laying a little over a month. Yesterday, she stayed in the nesting box much of the day. Today it's been all day? Will she come out to drink and eat? It's 90 today! Picture just cause she's cute.
     

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  2. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

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    Hello! Aww, she is cute :p

    Is she "growling" or pecking when you reach beneath her? Is she sitting on any eggs?
     
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    RodNTN Hatchaolic

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    Sorry, didn't mean to post that twice :oops:
     
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  4. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    if she is going broody she will only come out to eat or poop and I agree she will be more possessive of the eggs do you have a cockerel?
     
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  5. When she sits down in the nest try slowly extending your hand toward her. If she fluffs up and "growls", she's probably broody. Don't worry, she probably won't peck you though :)
     
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  6. LReardon

    LReardon Chirping

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    I'm kind of afraid to lol. There were no eggs in their this morning, but she lays mostly daily. I sold my cockerel last weekend. Still fertile, right?
     
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  7. LReardon

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    Ok, I just went out. I touched her. No growling, but a nasty look. She is my sweetest pullets. She's not budging.
     
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  8. Maybe try picking her up and placing her outside the nest? A broody hen would probably just return to it. :confused:
     
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  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    She is not broody if she is still laying.
    She is not broody if she is not spending night AND day on the nest.

    She may be broody if she has been sitting nest day and night for 3 days and has stopped laying. It won't matter if she has eggs under her or not.
    She may be broody if she looks like a pancake with fluffed up feathers.
    She may be broody if she maintains the pancake position if lifted off the nest and set on floor.
    She may be broody if she does a low pitched cluck non stop when she's off the nest.
    She may be broody if she does a dinosaur growl when any bird or human dares to look at her or approach her. She will most likely try to remove your fingers if you get within striking range.
     
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  10. LReardon

    LReardon Chirping

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    Thank you for the excellent explanation! Well see tomorrow I guess.
     
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