Need a better understanding of the broody hen? Here’s a few articles that will help you address this behavior.
Tips on Breaking the Broody Hen
Definition of Broody: A hen with strong instincts to hatch eggs, whether or not they are fertile, or even present in the nest.
The Signs: Your hen won’t leave the nest, appears to not be eating, her feathers are all fluffed up, she’s pale, and lethargic. These are classic signs of the broody hen. First of all she isn’t starving, she is eating and drinking, but it’s low on her list of priorities… Read Article
What is a Broody Hen and How to Deal With It
McMurray Hatchery Blog
It is normal for hens to “go broody” and some breeds are more prone to go broody than others. We thought we’d share some general information with you… Read Article
FYI… Chicken Breeds with Broody Tendencies
If you are only interested in egg production than you may not want to purchase chicks that have broody tendencies. Broody hens can be troublesome, so if your not looking for a mother hen, here are the breeds you may want to avoid… Read Article
Silver Spangled Banner: An Intro to Hamburg Chickens
Source: eFowl Blog
Written by Elliott Porter
Learn everything about their history, their purpose, or their beauty!
The Hamburg is one of the oldest documented breeds of domesticated poultry. Originating in Holland, the first recorded descriptions and illustrations of Hamburg chickens were made in 1599 by an Italian naturalis… Continue Reading
The Double Laced Barnevelder is a large, soft feathered, docile and very good natured chicken. They are very tame and do not fly well. They are a very pretty bird with interesting markings and a beautiful iridescent beetle sheen on the feathers. Barnevelder chickens are a rare dual purpose breed producing about 180/200 large brown speckled eggs per year… Continue Reading
The Bantam Barnevelder | Submitted by Neil Armitage
The bantam barnevelder is a good layer of dark cream eggs, whilst they should of course lay a Golden brown egg like their large fowl cousins I have yet to see one in the UK that does. They are hardy and sturdy little birds that tame well and make good pets… Continue Reading
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A Hen Knows Best…
Chickens never lay more than one egg per day. If the eggs are not collected, and a sufficient number of eggs are allowed to remain in the nest, the hen may stop laying eggs and start brooding. When the hen leaves the nest after laying an egg, it cools which suspends the development of the embryo inside. If the temperature remains between 45F and 65F, the embryos will remain viable for as long as two weeks. When the hen becomes broody and sits on her eggs for three weeks, all of the eggs will hatch at about the same time. This is why it is normal for the hen to leave the nest after laying.
- Buff Orpington: friendly, docile, excellent layer, has broody tendencies
Remember, not all hens will sit on eggs…ever. However, some breeds have very strong tendencies to become broody, or be inclined to incubate eggs.
Here are a few common broody breeds…
• Light Brahmas
• Dark Cornish
• Buff Rocks
• Cuckoo Marans
• Cochin Bantams
• Cornish Bantams