No Roosters, Will hens go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tinychickies, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. tinychickies

    tinychickies In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2011
    Here is one for the experts and those who have experience this type of behavior: Is it possible for hens to go broody without a rooster and try to hatch infertile eggs?
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2011
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Just as hens will lay eggs whether or not a rooster is present they will also go broody without a rooster.
  3. I'm on board with sourland - just as egg laying is hormonal, so is broodiness. Of course some breeds (and some chickens) are not very broody. I have a 7-year old Delaware who has never been broody even once. Of course, she has a little "mini broody" session for 40 minutes after laying, then hops to her feet and walks out of the nest box like nothing happened. I think she may be a freak. Where there's eggs, there's a least potential for broodiness. [​IMG]
  4. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Songster

    Nov 3, 2009
    Think of it this way: going broody is hormonal not environmental. [​IMG]

    I have two girls that consistently try to hatch pine shavings for about 28 days. It's pitiful.

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