Will a hen get broody with no rooster?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mylittlehof, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. mylittlehof

    mylittlehof Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 6 girls and no boys - will they go broody if there is no roo there to fertilize the eggs? Thanks!
     
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, it depends on the breed, some breeds have had the broody trait bred out. What breed of chickens to you have?

    Second, if the hen has a instinct to brood she will brood wether there is a rooster or not.

    I have some hens that brood 8 months out of 12. It drives me nuts at times.
     
  3. mylittlehof

    mylittlehof Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 Buff Orps, 2 Red Stars and 2 Americaunas. Thanks for the info
     
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just like a female human doesn't need a male around to ovulate or have pms, a hen doesn't need a roo around to lay eggs or go broody. PMS and broodiess - it's hormonal. [​IMG]
     
  5. mylittlehof

    mylittlehof Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks - lol - I'll just deal with the girls when the hormones kick in and feel right at home with them! [​IMG]
     
  6. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of the breeds you have the Buff Orp are the most likely to go broody but that is unlikely in my experience with them.

    I have always had 4 or 5 Americaunas around and never had any of them go broody.

    The Red Stars I have no experience with but my guess is because they were breed for egg production it is unlikely as well.
     
  7. mylittlehof

    mylittlehof Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks again for the info!
     
  8. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    It's kinda funny that I would kill right now for a broody hen and have none, while folks that have a broody and don't need them, have more them one....

    Gotta love those pretty hens.

    bigzio
     
  9. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have only had a Delaware go broody.
     
  10. greenthumb89

    greenthumb89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a cochin, she should go broody easily right?
     

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