When will my Buff Orps go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by texaschickmama, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    I think I remember Cyn, Speckledhen, saying that is was not uncommon for them to lay for like a month and then go broody. What is your experience with this? I do know every single chicken is different.
  2. Yogiman

    Yogiman Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    South Louisiana
    There is no way to know when. I have had several flocks of them over the years. My experience has been that once they reach 1 year of age they will usually go broody. But there is no way to predict that.

    My last flock of 12 hens, two years ago, 5 of the 12 went broody in the spring when they turned 1 year old. But bare in mind, that doesn't happen in every case. I do find that buff orps tend to go broody more readily than most heavy breeds.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I've had Buffs go Broody after only a month of egg laying and I now have a Blue Orp that has only laid since the last of Dec. that has gone Broody on me....

    I agree that each chicken is different...no one else is showing the signs of Broodiness!!...
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2008
  4. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Great, they are now 8 months old, so maybe Spring to Summer I could let them raise some chickies. Generally, do roosters bother the babies? Do you HAVE to separate them?
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    The timeline suggested is about right for orpingtons. But you have to remember that some breeding lines have had the characteristic bred out of them. It is more common to see non broodies from hatchery stock.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I have two Buff Orps, both hatchery stock. One has gone broody twice, one never. The one who did, Sunny, went broody a month into laying, then again last April and successfully raised chicks.
  7. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Silly question, but when they go broody do they stop laying eggs or keep laying?

  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I have BO from MM hatchery. Mine are 10 months old now, and I have 2 broody's...setting on turkey eggs! LOL Dont really want any more BO right now.
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    They stop... my darned sexlink stopped for about 4 months!
  10. kayri

    kayri Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    Even if you "break them up"? will they resume laying fairly quickly afterwards, or will they mope around just not laying eggs.

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