Will my hens go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChicoChickens, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. ChicoChickens

    ChicoChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    After searching through the posts I see that it is pretty unlikely for RIRs to go broody. I also have Barred Rocks - will they? What are the signs to watch for?

    Thanks!
     
  2. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

    Sep 11, 2007
    Some barred rocks will go broody. They'll start making a clucking type sound and will ruffle their feathers and growl if you approach them.
     
  3. ChicoChickens

    ChicoChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thanks, so I have hope *whew*.

    LOL

    I was wondering if I was gonna have to put an add out to borrow someone else's Broody Hen.
     
  4. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    They will also pick the feathers off thier chests to keep the eggs warm.
     
  5. ChicoChickens

    ChicoChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Go figure - one of my Barred Rocks decided she was good and ready to sit on a nest-full of eggs, followed quickly by one of my Rhode Island Reds! Who said they had the broodiness bred out of them [​IMG] lol.

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    .... just a watchin' and a waitin' [​IMG]
     
  6. Xtina

    Xtina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My barred rock started brooding today! I went out to close the girls up and panicked for a moment because i didn't see her on the perch. But I looked in the nesting box and there she was, looking all maternal.
     

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