What is 'Going Broody'???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WoodChic, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. WoodChic

    WoodChic The Chic Chick

    Oct 27, 2009
    KKV HQ
    I'm trying to figure this out. I searched it, but it really didn't come up with any explainations of what broody was. [​IMG] ANY info will help. Thanks!

  2. Flippacase

    Flippacase Songster

    Nov 6, 2009
    being broody is when a hens mother instincts kick in. She deosnt let anyone near her nest, and she'll sit on eggs untill the hatch or go bad.
  3. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    "Going Broody" means a hen is wanting to hatch some eggs. They get that way whether there is a rooster around or not. In some cases, they will go broody and there won't even be eggs to hatch. Typcally they will stop laying and start sitting on the eggs( or on nothing, if there are no eggs). They may lay flattened out- look kind of puffed up. They might growl or scream if you try to touch them. They may also pull out their chest feathers ( to keep their skin against the eggs to keep the eggs warmer) Their body temperature may go up a little also.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    What is going broody?
    Gee, I don't know and my hens are making sure I never find out! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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