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Follow our adventures as we raise a tiny flock of chickens in suburban Bexley, Ohio.
Our chicken bloggers include Tami Taylor, a Welsummer, and Tyra, a Jersey Giant.
RIP, Betty, Joan, Sally & Peggy.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Girls go broody?

They're way too young to be broody; they must just be relaxing today.


  1. Is "broody" a real word? Please define. I think it is great that you two (and I have never met you, Jessica, but I am a fan of the fabulous Andrew so you must be great, too!) are the voice of thoughtful chicken owners in Bexley. Can someone shoot video of the meeting or send a transcript? I want to know more about how this comes down. Have fun with it!

  2. Hi! I don't live in Bexley (although we have a house there and most of my family still lives there), but I have been following the backyard chicken thing as it develops in the US.

    Do you know about this product line?
    A bit pricey, perhaps, but I think they look so cool. (And, no, I don't have any vested interest in them. Just sharing.)

    Keep up the good work!

  3. We do know about those coops, and they are indeed mod and stylish. We saw one when we went to buy our chix and their supplies, and it looked a little small for the price. But they would be easy to clean up with a hose, that's for sure!

  4. From Raising Chickens for Dummies: "A hen that has the instinct to sit on (incubate) eggs and hatch them and is in the mood to do so is called a broody hen... When a hen does go broody... she commandeers one of the nest boxes in the coop," lays about 10 eggs in it, sits down on them and won't get up until they've hatched. Hens are generally pretty ill-tempered when broody -- they have a one-track mind, these chickens, and when that track is SIT&HATCH, there's not a lot you can do to derail them.

    First off, let's take a minute to appreciate that someone wrote a book just for me. Second, I think our girls are way too young to go broody because they haven't even started laying yet!