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Broody hen? How does that happen?

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I would like a broody hen to hatch some eggs. My 6 SSs and 4 EEs are 10 months old (as well as EE roo). Is there a way to make a hen GO broody?? Will they want to at any particular age, or season or temperature or certain condition?
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I would like a broody hen to hatch some eggs. My 6 SSs and 4 EEs are 10 months old (as well as EE roo). Is there a way to make a hen GO broody?? Will they want to at any particular age, or season or temperature or certain condition?

Broodiness is basically a hormonal thing. You can't "make" a hen go broody. Some breeds are known for broodiness (such as silkies and bantams) and some breeds it's a rarity if you have a broody (Polish). So breed plays a big role overall, and the individual hen and her hormones play a role.

Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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