Older hen suddenly broody?...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Love2read, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Love2read

    Love2read In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2014
    I have a production red girl(a supposedly non-broody breed) that decided after a year and a half she suddenly wants to go broody. >_<

    Is it normal for an older, "non-broody" hen to up and go broody all of the sudden?

    I don't know if it makes a difference, but my bantam girls are starting to go broody. Did their going broody perhaps play a part in the red girl going broody too? Broody hormones are in the air! lol
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Any of the supposedly non-broody breeds can go broody. They should say "less likely to go broody," but I guess that's too much of a mouthful. Some people feel that broodiness can be "contagious." It's caused by hormones, but I suppose one's hormones could be influenced by others'. In the end, who knowS why they do what they do in those little chicKen brains, lol?!

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