Oh man, these chickens of mine are always an adventure I tell ya!
Pepper the chicken is broody!
What’s a broody chicken you ask? Well… basically hens will get all hormonal and their bodies tell them that they want to be momma chickens. They want to lay on their eggs until they hatch and little fluffy baby chicks come out. They will sit up in the nest for 21 days, only leaving the nest once per day to eat, drink and poop. Kinda like our husbands during football season. They’ll stop laying eggs during this time, get a little bit protective, and sometimes lose weight. Not all chickens get broody and I was thinking mine wouldn’t since they’ve only been laying eggs for about a month or so.
The sad truth my friends… is that Pepper does not have fertilized eggs to lay on. We would need a rooster around for that. So her eggs just ain’t gonna hatch.
In a way, I wish she could have her baby chicks. The problem is that I ‘m already at my chicken limit living in the city. We’re only allowed 3-4 chickens and no roosters. I know, right? What an annoying city ordinance. I only would like 10 more chickens.
When I first saw that she was staying up in the nesting box for a whole day I opened up the latch to my chicken coop to check out what was going on. Pepper sat in the nesting box and puffed up her feathers, making her look really big! She also made this “get-away-from-me” sound. Chicken PMS. Sheesh.
All I could do was laugh.
It is hilarious seeing Pepper like this. She is the lowest bird in the pecking order. And now she is all tough and protective.
Another interesting thing about my broody chicken: When I pick her up it’s like her body is in rigor mortis or something’. Her body is stiff and even when I pick her up to move her outside to the ground she would stay in the same laying position for a few minutes. Strange…
Here is a video for you that shows you how my broody chicken looks and behaving. Enjoy!
While I thought it was funny and interesting that Pepper is broody for the first few days, now I am not so overjoyed. I realized that now I get only 3 eggs a day and have to worry about the health of Pepper since she doesn’t eat or drink much. I read online that the best thing to do is to remove her from her nesting spot a few times a day. You can also to put her in a cage with no stuffing until she gets out of it. I might try that this week and see if its works.
Maybe someday Pepper will be able to have her babies. Hmm…I wonder if chickens find as much joy in raising baby chicks as I have in raising my children. You just never know what goes on in those little chicken brains.
Raising backyard hens sure has been an adventure!