Pullet or Broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by My8chickens, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. My8chickens

    My8chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    We rescued 7 hens a few weeks ago, and one of them is a Buff Orpington, who I thought was no longer laying. I've never seen her in the nest boxes, and I'm getting 3 eggs a day from hens I know are laying. Today, the Buff Orpington has been in and out of all the nest boxes, could she be a pullet, or is she becoming broody? She has managed to push all of the straw out of the boxes twice. The reason I think she's no longer laying is because she has full comb and wattles, and appears to be full grown-I know she's not a roo!
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

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    Has she plucked feathers from her breast? Is she making strange, purring noises? These are signs of broodiness. Otherwise she is probably just getting ready to start laying. I had a pullet just start who pushed all the eggs and bedding to the front of the nests and stuff like that.
     
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    She hasn't pulled any feathers or started purring. So, she could be a pullet! That's exciting for us! Thank you!
    And thank you for welcoming me! I love this website, there's so much wonderful advice for a newbie like me [​IMG]
     
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    After posting this thread, I went out to the coop, and lo and behold, there was a pullet egg in one of the nesting boxes!
     
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