What is "brooding"?

dina123

Hatching
6 Years
Jul 5, 2013
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One of my girls has taken to going off away from the other chickens. She stays away all day. This is not like how she has been. All of them are under the age of one. A friend of mine says she is "brooding". He said that they do this when they are wanting to raise babies. Is that correct??
 

MrOrpington16

Chirping
6 Years
Aug 28, 2013
204
11
88
MA
Brooding is when a hen or pullet wants to hatch her eggs... she usually sits on her eggs and only gets up to get food and water once or twice a day...
 
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