Will a chicken brood in winter?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by autumn11, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. autumn11

    autumn11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one chicken that has been missing for about three hours now. Speedy and Fancy (The rooster) have not been getting along the past three days or so. We have also noticed that we can't figure out where she's been laying her eggs the past few weeks, if she's laying at all. She seems to be healthy except for some reason she's growing new feather's on her head and neck (she is the only one). I'm hoping she could be brooding and not been carried off.
     
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  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not as common as spring and summer, but it does happen. Some hens just don't seem to care and will brood in a blizzard. What breed is she?
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I have three brooding right now.

    Hope your girl is okay! [​IMG]
     
  4. autumn11

    autumn11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    unfortunately we don't know what we have. The place we gotthem from just had several breeds mixed together. We have figured out that the rooster is a rhode Island Red. We thnk she is a New Hampshire red.

    Thanks for the confidence it is encouraging for now.
     
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  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    They brood when they darn well feel like it human! My Frizzle girl was just caught with a clutch of eggs,, about 8,, they are all hers this time, I'm just wondering who the roo is and how long she's been there!
     
  6. autumn11

    autumn11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oops. lol
     
  7. evhammond1200

    evhammond1200 Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it depends on the chicken. I have a Buff Brahma who tries to brood all the time even now when its neg temps outside.
     
  8. autumn11

    autumn11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope speedy is brooding [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. autumn11

    autumn11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found Speedy this morning!! [​IMG] [​IMG] Whoo Hoo! She was up on our front porch. I investigated the area and it looks like she's been there before however no sign of eggs or even a nest. Why is she going off by herself like this.[​IMG]
     
  10. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    She's scouting for a safe place to brood.
     

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