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Questions about my hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickman70, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. chickman70

    chickman70 Out Of The Brooder

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    1. What is broody and when/why does it happen?
    Thanks...

    Do all hens molt? During the winter?
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Broody means they want to sit on their eggs to hatch them.
     
  3. chickman70

    chickman70 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok,can I still remove the eggs when they're broody? Will they be aggressive if I do?
     
  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can take them,some hens may be aggressive.
     
  5. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Broody.
    All this means is,they wanna be amother.They will have plucked bellies as well.It happens during spring mostly.
    Molting.
    They do it in the winter,I have heard of summer birds doing it.Why do they?Basically to grow new feathers,nothing much.
     
  6. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My hen snever pecked me,but did have a hiss/meow growl at me.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    They might get feisty and take peck at you, growl, flatten themselves down to try and prevent you from taking eggs.

    If your bird is truly broody, staying on the nest for 3 days and nights, and you don't want to give her fertile eggs to hatch out, you may want to 'break' her.
     
  8. chickman70

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    Thank you all for the input! I appreciate the help!
     

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