For the past several weeks I've noticed quite a few black Coco feathers in her nest. But I dismissed it as her starting to molt as Ginger is clearly molting. They are the exact same age and do EVERYTHING together.
But I went to collect eggs the other day and found Coco sitting in her favorite nest all flattened out. I thought perhaps she just laid a late egg and was still resting so I reached under her to pull out the egg and she bit me. She didn't peck at me, she full on bit me. Raised up all her neck feather, reared up and lunged at me like a viper. DEFINITE sign she was broody.
Jersey Giants are not known for going broody. That doesn't mean they never will. They just are not as prone to going broody as other breeds such as Silkies and Orpingtons. And I just assumed that if a hen was going to go broody, they would do so within the first year of their life. That is not true. Coco is 20 months old.
|Broody Coco filling up every inch of her favorite nest.|
I decided to try and break her broody behavior as I'm not ready to let her raise babies right now. And it's so stressful for a hen to sit there night and day for three weeks. Some hens will even starve to death being so focused on sitting on the nest. I don't think I'd have this problem with my "food obsessed" Coco but I didn't want to take any chances.
So I blocked off all three nests in her house. Ginger is not laying as she is molting. Spice does like to lay in Coco's nest but fortunately, she just moved over to The Bunk House when she saw the nests blocked. Coco, complained and fussed for a day and kept checking the nests. She stayed out of the house for the next two but was still all puffed up making that "chuck chuck chuck" sound. And this morning, she's over it.
But now I'm seeing Spice's golden feathers in the nest. Hmmm, I think we may be doing this all again in the near future.
|Coco and Spice sharing some corn on the cob on the 4th of July.|