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Why is broody contagious?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Amyh, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Amyh

    Amyh Songster

    Jul 11, 2010
    North Carolina
    I was so excited to finally have a broody. I let her keep 4 eggs in the hopes that she will do a good job and hatch some chicks. Now I've got three other hens sitting in the boxes for hours. I lifted them all and locked them outside the coop today because I was so annoyed. I only have 6 hens, so when 1 is out of commission, it impacts my egg production greatly. I can't have 4 hens setting.

    These hens are too funny!!

  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I don't know why it's contagious, but I wish one or two of mine would catch it! [​IMG]
  3. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    Two of my 3 Ameraucanas have gone broody. One was setting on a golf ball, and viciously attacked me when I tried to move her. I gave her a few eggs to see if she'll do the job. Wouldn't mind a few more dark layers for next spring.
  4. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    I have not experienced it being contagious yet - thanks goodness, since I only have four of laying age. But I have found a win-win way of handling a broody girl.

    I let her sit on three wooden eggs for 21 days - then lock her out of the nest. She gets to do her broody thing and fully experience her raging hormones for three weeks, then I get my egg producing girl back. win-win [​IMG]
  5. prairiehen74369

    prairiehen74369 Songster

    May 7, 2010
    north east oklahoma
    Five of my seven Nankin hens are setting the crazy thing is they are all trying to set in the same nest. I'll get out there in the morning and see if I can seperate them. I've got plenty of eggs to set them on if they will cooperate. I agree that it seems when one starts they all want to join in. [​IMG]
  6. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Crowing

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    I have 1 silkie broody and 1 BO broody. My other silkie stayed on her egg for about an hour after laying it, thank goodness she came to her senses when I took it away. Am gonna have to keep my eye on her.
  7. Marion565

    Marion565 Chirping

    I don't know why, but at my house it shurely is. In the last 2 month I had a production red go broody ( I let her hatch 4) followed immediatly by a BO and 2 more production reds. I am tearing my hair out here. I have 12 laying hens and 3 of them are broody right now. I thought production reds were not supposed to go broody,..............well, live and learn!

  8. littlechicken123

    littlechicken123 Hatching

    Apr 11, 2011
    I am depending on one of mine to go broody for the next set of chicks.

    I have a Cuckoo maran, Black austrolorp, and a Salmon Faverolle (sp?) Which one do you think is most likely to go broody?
  9. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    It is that time of year, I have more broody hens than laying hens, I even have 3 pekin ducks sitting on eggs and they are supposed to have brooding bred out of them. I have found that once hens get over two years old they have more of a tendency to go broody, but when they do lay the eggs are considerably larger than the pullets.

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