New hen going broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jesus freak, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. jesus freak

    jesus freak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Will a hen that has not started laying eggs go broody? [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    What breed is she? If it's a silkie I wouldn't doubt it. [​IMG]

    However normally no, a hen will lay at least a few eggs before going broody if she's going to go broody at all.
     
  3. jesus freak

    jesus freak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shes a buff orpington [​IMG]
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Okay, so a definite broody breed but still, they usually start to lay eggs first. Is she spending alot of time in the nestbox?
     
  5. sewingca

    sewingca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost a girl to eggbound condition 'cause I thought she had gone broody. She was young and had only laid a few very large eggs. Watch her closely. Please don't make the same mistake I did. [​IMG]
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  6. jesus freak

    jesus freak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Okay, so a definite broody breed but still, they usually start to lay eggs first. Is she spending alot of time in the nestbox?

    No shes not but do you know a way I can encourage her to go broody?
     
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    jesus freak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm sorry about your loss [​IMG]
     
  8. Meghalu

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    I have a bantam cochin who started laying on Aug 2nd, and proceeded to lay 13 eggs in 15 days. On the 17th she went broody, despite there being nothing to sit on. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Okay, so a definite broody breed but still, they usually start to lay eggs first. Is she spending alot of time in the nestbox?

    No shes not but do you know a way I can encourage her to go broody?

    Nope, sorry. I tried every trick in the book to get a hen to go broody without success. Then I gave up and ordered silkies. Now I have non-stop broodies. [​IMG]
     

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