What Does Broody Mean?

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  1. chickie<3

    chickie<3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to this ..I have 2 pullets who are 5 weeks old..and i am already looking to get more chicks. While reading descriptions about different breeds...some say they can be a bit broody...it sounds a lil negative....what does it mean?
     
  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Broody means wanting to sit and hatch eggs, it can be a bad thing for production, but it would be cool if you are thinking of ever hatching eggs.
     
  3. greenfamilyfarms

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    Broody means that the hens may have the predisposition to want to hatch eggs. Depending on what your want from your flock, this can be a good or a bad thing. For example, if you want high egg production, it is best to get a breed known to be less broody. However, if you want a hen to raise some chicks, then get a broody breed.
     
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    I'm not looking to hatch ever..just want lots of eggs...any suggestion for high egg production low broddiness breeds?
     
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    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chickie<3 :

    I'm not looking to hatch ever..just want lots of eggs...any suggestion for high egg production low broddiness breeds?

    Rhode Island Red or White Leghorns are good

    here is a list of what to expect from different breeds: it covers egg color, size, production, and broodiness

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
     
  7. chickie<3

    chickie<3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a barred rock and a dark cornish..hope they arent broody... i found out they both lay brown eggs and the dark cornish not such a good layer..barred rock good layer
     
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    chickie<3 :

    I have a barred rock and a dark cornish..hope they arent broody... i found out they both lay brown eggs and the dark cornish not such a good layer..barred rock good layer

    I have 1 BR and she went broody. Now, that doesn't mean that yours will or won't. Dark Cornish are not known for going broody, but they don't lay as good as some other breeds.​
     
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    chickie<3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    like WENT BROODY one day..like she just stopped laying and just hung out in the nesting box sitting on her eggs?
     
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    chickie<3 :

    like WENT BROODY one day..like she just stopped laying and just hung out in the nesting box sitting on her eggs?

    Yes, well... kinda. She was my yard chicken and hit a nest of eggs in the bushes. She ended up hatching 7 chicks.

    Signs of a broody include: Sitting on the nest for long periods of time (as in almost all day), puffing up/growling, pecking when you get near, and clucking. She'll also walk around puffed when she's off the nest to eat and drink.​
     

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