That’s what we playfully call our broody hens who tuck, tuck, tuck about ruffling their feathers and really are besides themselves once the coop goes under lock down in the afternoon to break the broodies.

When I put the chicken coop under lockdown the other day our bantie Estella (aka “Stells”) was frantic!  Screeching and tucking,  she needed to be on the nest and now!   Though I sympathize and try to explain to her that she’d be a good mother but without a rooster nothing is gonna happen and that she just needs put her mind to other things and move on.   But you can’t just break a broody hen overnight, it takes some time for all mothering hormones to subside until then they don’t take to any reasoning on our part.

So till she gets the broodiness out of her system, Estella tries to find a warm place to sit and continue her nesting instincts.

Not quite sure if Fairlight, one of our goats, understands all the hormonal maniacs running about but she takes all the ruckous with an air of indifference and tolerates their antics.

Would you mind if I roost right here?

Ride em!

Hey lady, would you mind opening up the coop now.  There are eggs in there!

PS Because our critters are heritage breeds a few are slightly more broody then the overbreed typical, standard chickens.


  1. amy says:

    We only have one that does that and maybe I should consider lockdown. The other ones will go lay in the other coop or in a dirt bath bucket if she’s in there. They seem to work around her. 🙂 And are you going to breed your goat cuties so you have milk or no?

  2. Darren (Green Change) says:

    We’ve got a leghorn that keeps going broody. It seems to happen whenever the weather changes – either a hot or a cold spell will trigger her.

  3. AJ in AZ says:

    We have five baby chicks from 9 eggs we let a broody Dark Cornish hen keep. Only one chick seems to be a Dark Cornish, 2 are prob White Laced Red Cornish, and 2 are 2nd generation Red Stars (Red Star moms and Red Star dad, but since Red Stars are crossbreeds, will not breed true). The other 4 eggs would have hatched but were added to the nest 10 days after she started brooding and we couldn’t remove them, as we didn’t know which they were. Letting the hen raise chicks is more natural but not near as much fun as getting day-olds and raising them yourself.

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