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Those of you who've had broody hens...question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sloper74, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. sloper74

    sloper74 In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2007
    Someone told me that hens who hatch out chicks have hens that are more likely to become broody. We had a White Rock, "Betty", hatch out chicks last Sept and her daughter is now sitting on a clutch of 19 eggs (I know they can't all be fertile). Out of curiosity, is it "nurture" or a breed quality or just luck? I never thought White Rocks were supposed to go broody, we have bantams who've never done it. Any idea? My son wants to start a family tree with Betty at the top and see how far we can take it....
  2. johnny_smith09

    johnny_smith09 In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2007
    Norfork, AR
    well i have a white rock that is broody- every spring they get an instinct to sit on eggs. some breeds like leghorns are bred not to sit on eggs. see here's a pic of her.

  3. sloper74

    sloper74 In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2007
    Love the pic! I had no idea White Rocks had the broody instinct, thanks for letting me know!
  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    the going broody is bred into the breed of hens you have.the broody instinct can be bred out of some breeds.an even they will have some to go broody,an want to hatc eggs.
  5. Aloha Moa

    Aloha Moa In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2007
    That is the picture of a broody hen!

    I have a flock of 5 hens and one rooster, and I've gotten to where I can tell when the hen is broody by the look of her. The fluffed up feathers are the most distinctive look of a broody hen.

    The purpose is to keep a large clutch of eggs warm [​IMG]

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