Will her broodiness break when i steal her chicks?

PunkinPeep

Songster
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Mar 31, 2009
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Since my chickens have started laying, i have rarely been without a broody. But usually i let them set and raise their chicks.

This time, i've sold the chicks. I just took away one and two day old chicks from my broody mama (it was kind of stressful and emotional) for my husband to deliver them to the buyer.

Now she's outside clucking around and all puffed up but with no one following her. Will she go back to producing? I always assumed she would, but then now i just wonder.

What should i expect? She's not going to jump back into the nest box to brood again, is she?
 

LarryPQ

Easter Hatch!!
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Jul 17, 2009
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I have had 2 go back to normal, one go right back to sitting on eggs, and one start laying, get depressed, and croak.


Not much help to you, but I would bet without the chicks around, she'll go back to normal soon enough.
 

PunkinPeep

Songster
10 Years
Mar 31, 2009
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SouthEast Texas
Oh dear! That's not what i wanted to hear at all. Thanks though!

Hopefully they'll (i have another one to hatch and have her chicks stolen later this week) go back to normal.
 

Frogdogtimestwo

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May 21, 2008
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I just did that with a broody, she is off the nest and acting normal after a week but still no new eggs from her.
 

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