Will a hen past laying age still go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ShockValue, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been looking for a broody girl so we can hatch some eggs in the future. I've found a couple locally, but they are both older birds.

    I would assume that if they quit laying, the desire to set eggs would go too, but I don't know for sure.
     
  2. Stiggy

    Stiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Often those past laying age may still lay the occasional egg. I cant guarantee anything broody wise but I would think that it depends on how old they are and what breed. I had a Wyandotte x RIR hen that lived till 13 ( we had to put her down due to a cancerous growth on her face that was spreading) she stopped laying at 8 but went broody at 12. So I do believe that they can go broody in their older years. Have you also considered getting a breed that is prone to broodiness?
     
  3. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the prompting of the question came about because I found a nice Bantam Cochin that someone wants to get rid of, but she's about 4 years old and doesn't lay much anymore.
     
  4. Stiggy

    Stiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 years isn't really that old for a non genetically tampered with breed. If you do decide to get her then I would suggest that you leave a few bait eggs in the nest at all times to encourage her to think about it
     
  5. ShockValue

    ShockValue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I'll see if the girl gets my wife's seal of approval :)
     

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