Turning hens broody?
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Hi I am in 4h this year and I am wanting to do an experiment where I turn some or one of my hens broody. I have three Silkie hens and one Wyandot hen. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for turning hens broody. Then, if they went broody then if I could give them fertilized eggs and have them hatch them. Thank you for any feedback.
I have 4 silkie hens and 1 silkie roo. I have been hatching their eggs in an incubator. Last month, I started letting their babies (now 2 to 3 months old) visit with them. A couple of days after the babies started visiting, one of the hens went broody, then 6 days later another went broody. They hatched 7 eggs, and I just threw a couple more under them to see if they can finish hatching those.
I have NO idea if the visiting baby chicks helped them go broody, or if they were going to go broody anyway.
Good luck with your experiment!!
Sometimes people say that leaving a lot of eggs (fake or real) in the nest encourages a hen to go broody
Remember, you're working with a living animal, not a machine. But if you do have success convincing one of your hens (and silkies are usually very inclined towards broodiness!) to go broody, please let me know :)