what does "gone broody" mean?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lil_chick_chick, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. lil_chick_chick

    lil_chick_chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but im very new at this...so what does gone broody mean? i just got 24 chicks so i need to know for later im sure.....thanks!
     
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Broody is the term used when a hen decides to sit on a clutch of eggs and hatch them, then raise the chicks. Basically "Mama Mode" [​IMG]
     
  3. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

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    Yep, what Year of the Rooster said. Even hens that don't have a rooster around can go into "broody" mode. Some breeds are more prone than others to going broody, also known as "setting."
     
  4. lil_chick_chick

    lil_chick_chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, Okay, i understand now, thank you!!
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Here is a vid of one of my broodies.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    [​IMG] I agree with the other posts. A broody will set on a clutch of eggs day in and day out only taking enough time off the nest to eat and drink a little then right back on.
     

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