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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Saroco, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Saroco

    Saroco Songster

    Two of my chickens have been in the nesting boxes for two days straight! WHY?! I have no roosters, so I don't think that they are broody.... I am afraid that they will get dehydrated or starve..

  2. msbee

    msbee Songster

    Mar 17, 2011
    Don't need a rooster to go broody, and it sounds like they are. I only had one chicken go broody in the last 2 years so far, so others can tell you more - or you can just search "broody" - you'll find a ton.

    Keep taking them off the nest, try to get them to eat and drink. Some even dunk in cool water to help them snap out of it.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    If they puff up and snarl at you, when you go to touch them or reach under them to get eggs, they're probably broody all right.

    Roosters are not necessary. Nor are eggs, as a matter of fact; some broody hens will set on empty nests, too.

    It I were you, I'd get some fertilized eggs for 'em to hatch. ;-)
  4. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Songster

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    They are most deffinately brooding. They don't need a roo to go broody. Good luck in breaking them. I take my brooding hens off the nest whenever I am out there but don't worry that they'll starve or dehydrate. You will notice large piles of poo that they will create.[​IMG] First time I saw one I thought a dog had been around. I guess since they are not walking around pooping all day they store it up for one major stool. [​IMG]
  5. Saroco

    Saroco Songster

    Thank you, everybody....And yes, PhilErvin, I have noticed the mega-poo! [​IMG]
  6. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    Yeah, good luck cause you will need it. *gets out my broody gun muttering darkly* at least they aren't silkies. [​IMG]
  7. Saroco

    Saroco Songster


    Also, is it normal for their poo to have dark red splotches in it?

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