Broody California White

Sometimes hens go broody at the wrong time of year.

We were surprised when one of our California White hens started acting strangely.  She puffed up her feathers, clucked in an unusual tone, and spent hours patiently sitting in a nest box. But. we know she’s not sick. She’s broody and wants to be a mom.


We are not surprised when one of our large brown egg laying hens gets broody.  Some breeds have a very strong maternal instinct and often show the maternal instinct.   But California Whites are a hybrid of the white egg laying Leghorn breed, which rarely goes broody.   In years of chicken keeping, this is the first time a white egg layer has shown a maternal instinct.

When one of our hens goes broody we do one of two things.

Discourage her:

Sometimes a hen goes broody at the wrong time, like December.  Since the incubation time for a chicken egg is 21 days, 

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