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When to expect a broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thefishery, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. thefishery

    thefishery Songster

    Oct 19, 2009
    It's starting to get nice out and I was wondering, when would I expect one of my hens to start getting broody?

    My usual broody died this past summer thanks to the neighbors dog. I have a Buff Orpington that is laying but she's never been broody. She's about 3 years old.
    The other hens started laying late last fall.

  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Hens will go broody in their own time. I have one that is broody, but the other chronic broody is not. Why do you think your other BO is going to go broody, although she hasn't in the past? If she doesn't have a history of broodiness, then I wouldn't hold out hope that at 3 years old she miraculously becomes so.

  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I waited nearly three years for a broody out of my brahmas, as supposedly broody breed. Didn't get one. Now I have a coop full of broodies - SFs and two silkies, not to mention the meat bird that went broody once.

    Hens will go broody if and when they feel like it, not one second before.
  4. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    They're unpredictable and dangerous. They go broody when you don't want them to [​IMG]

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