Hello, I've read that a hen is not truly broody unless she stops laying. Is there an estimate of how many eggs a hen (who wants to raise chicks) will lay before she stops? Also, would it be different for different breeds? Thanks in advance!
Wow, I never knew that. My hen had been acting funny recently, not banging her head on her cage to be let out, and just sitting in a corner like a broody would. This morning, when I approached her cage and called her name, she made some relatively high-pitched noises. Her feathers were also fluffed up. Could she be broody?
I'm not sure, so I've attached a picture of her before she acted weird, and one from today. Gave her some eggs to sit on, hopefully she's broody and will stay broody!
The above is a picture of her when she was 'normal'.
This is her in her weird mood, and sitting on four eggs
I have two hen that layed about 2 months and went broody. One is a Swedish ISBar. The other is one that I bought as a chick with some Americana's. She is not one but more like an Orpington. The blonde hen is gone but the ISBar is still broody. I put 3 Bielefelders eggs under her to see if my rooster is doing his job.
The thing is both hens are only about 7 months old and went broody.