Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Is Coco Broody?

Today was a pretty typical Wednesday.  Get up, go to work, come home, refill the hens feeder, give them fresh water and collect the eggs.  But today offered up a surprise along with an egg from Coco.  Coco's nest was filled with her soft, beautiful black feathers.

I only have three hens.  Honey Bear is golden blond.  Poppy is steal grey blue.  And Coco is jet black.  So there's no mistaking her feathers.  And Coco is the only one laying eggs right now as Honey Bear and Poppy are in the final stages of molting.

So is this just a fluke and maybe a few feathers came out in the nest after a good, long dust bath?  Or is Coco going broody?  Coco is a Jersey Giant.  A breed not known for going broody.  But she did go broody on me about a year and a half ago.  So I know it's possible.

And I was fully planning on getting more chicks this spring.  I figured that Honey Bear, my Buff Orpington, would go broody and I'd tuck baby chicks under her when the time came.

So this has me saying Hmmmmm, this evening.  If Coco is indeed broody, do I put chicks under her for her to raise?  Or break her and let Honey Bear raise babies later in the spring when she goes broody?

Anyone have experience letting a Jersey Giant raise baby chicks?  I'd love to hear from you.


  1. Did Cocoa turn out to be broody or was it a false alarm?

  2. I'm not sure yet. She didn't lay yesterday. So she'll lay today. One thing I've learned is that just have the three hens, I pick up on clues that something is up long before it's really up. So I fully anticipated that it could take her another 7-10 days from this post before she fully went broody. That is IF she is. She'd be a great mama. But I did promise Honey she could be a mama. So I'm conflicted. I will totally blog if she IS broody.