|A broody Speckled Sussex, named Snickers|
If you want to hatch some eggs, a broody chicken is a great thing to have! A good broody will sit on her eggs for the duration of the incubation period. This is about three weeks total. If you do not want to hatch any chicks, you may have to encourage her to end her broody spell. Although not all broody hens will be good mothers. Some will abandon the nest half way through incubation time or even attack the chicks once hatched.
Having a broody chicken when you do not want to hatch eggs can be detrimental to your chicken. She will be devoting all her time and energy into hatching chicks and won't pay much attention to what she needs. She will not eat or drink enough. This can cause her to begin to lose weight. She will also not lay while she is broody. If you don't want to hatch eggs, try to encourage her to spend more time off the nest. If she is persistent, you may need a broody breaker (more on that in another post).
|You can see how fluffed up she is & the crazy look in her eye!|