Monday, April 23, 2012

Doris is Broody

P1040139 We have been able to avoid broodiness somehow this spring, until now. She’s a flat shrieking pancake in the family nest box. Husband puts her on the roost each night next to the open window in hopes that the cool breeze will chill out the raging momma hormones. So far no such luck.

It’s causing a bit of turmoil in the coop. When I take her out and put her in the yard she does the puffed up cluck which in itself is normal. She makes herself into a big poof ball and does a very even “bok bok bok bok” over and over again. It’s Betty’s reaction that’s interesting. She starts shrieking and chases Doris around the yard. This has never happened during broody time before and I can’t figure out what’s behind it.

Hopefully, things will return to normal soon and before Betty “catches” the broodiness. Doris is not a good hatcher. Betty is a great hatcher and mother. She raised Percy. I do want to wait until their annual state test in July, before we add any youngins. Last year the younger girls were too young to get tested and the flock couldn’t be NPIP certified. Plus they both lay the biggest eggs, we don’t want them both out of commission.

4 comments:

  1. I have 2 girls broody right now two. Every night I have to get them squawking out of there boxes and put them in the coop.

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    1. Our nest box is a little high for me to get the leverage to lift humoungous flapping Doris out(She weighs like 10-12lbs). So it's up to Hubby most of the time ;)

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  2. What kind of chicken is Doris? She is lovely. Even if she is a really bad mood right now. Sounds like Betty is just trying to snap her out of it. I've got a story of broodiness on my blog too if you'd like to check it out.

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    1. Thank you :) Doris is a Coronation Sussex. She didn't meet the standard of perfection and the breeder didn't want her to breed. So I gave her a home to just lay eggs the rest of her life. Oh and be broody of course.

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