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Broody Hen: Everything You Need to Know

Broody Hen: Everything You Need to Know

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The broody hen is the name given to a mother bird that has begun to sit to incubate its eggs day and night and comes out only once a day to eat, drink and defecate. If you try to separate her from her eggs, a motherly instinct will prompt her to react and protect her eggs. Around this time of year, when spring is in full swing, you will notice that your hens' egg production has increased, their appetites are good, and you may notice some of your hens go broody. Broody Hen: What Does it Mean?  When a hen is a broody, it means that her maternal instincts were activated. Her rising hormones stimulate her to sit up and hatch her eggs. It is quite easy to recognize a broody hen. You will not be in your usually active and curious mood. She will remain sitting in a nest, whether she has eggs...