what does a broody he look like?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jkioneil, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    people always talk about their hens going broody but i don't know what to look for. what does it look like what do they do? how do you stop it and are there breeds that are more likely to do so than others? thanks
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    They stay on the nest 24/7.

    They growl at you when you come in.

    They are all clucky when they get of the nest to eat, drink and poop.

    They make babies (with fertile eggs) unless you take them off of the nest and put them in a wire bottomed cage for a few days.

    Here are the results if you don't...
  3. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    So that must mean you don't have a silkie hen huh? They sit on eggs and don't move and don't even try to take there eggs away:gig
  4. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    They appear to have lost their minds! Seriously though, they'll sit on eggs or in a nest box and look kinda scrunched down. If you put fertilized eggs under them, you'll get chicks in about 21 days. If you don't want your hen to be broody, you can put her in a pen (like a dog kennel) up off the ground so that air can get to their hind end; helps cool her off. Buff Orpingtons are a very broody breed and make great mamas. We've got one broody sex link on 8 eggs now and she drew blood on DH when he wanted to inspect the eggs. What was he thinking!
  5. fishermans wife

    fishermans wife Songster

    Sep 2, 2009
    Ventura County
    Don't forget the big 'ol stinky eye they have when you get too close to them!! [​IMG]
  6. In His Service

    In His Service Wise Men Still Seek Him

    Apr 25, 2010
    Mine did all the above, except draw blood,. When she did get up each day, she sort of went into fast forward mode, running around eating, drinking, and "eliminating" ... a whole day's worth in about 5 minutes time [​IMG] hilarious to watch!
  7. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    OH MY! Sound like it will be pretty hard to miss. I have one Buff orpington i guess when it i time i will let her be the mom! Sounds kinda funny but i hope they dont draw blood! so if they kinda attack when you get close how the heck do you move them without injury?

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