setting hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pattypenny, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. pattypenny

    pattypenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2007
    I have 12 golden comets hatched may 18, 2009 from cackle hatchery and I have thought for a few days and now I am sure one of the hens is going broody. Has anyone every had this happen with a red sex link? I am really surprised.
  2. glenolam

    glenolam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2009
    Canterbury, CT
    Most hens go broody at some point in their lives. It's natural - try to get some fertile eggs for her and have fun!
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Most commercial breeds have had the broodiness bred out of them. If you kill any hen that goes broody, after a while you have hens that pass on the trait to not go broody to their offspring. In commercial operations it is a hen's job to lay eggs. They have incubators to hatch the eggs. Hatcheries are commercial operations.

    It is relatively rare for certain breeds or crosses to go broody, but it does happen. There have been two or three threads on here that I've seen the last week about sex links successfully hatching and raising chicks. It is hard to totally defeat nature.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2010

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