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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.
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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!!

Mom to a BEAUTIFUL little girl, 1 dog, 2 cats, LOTS of fish and an ever growing chicken flock.  Laying hens - 3 RIR, 3 BSL, 3 EE, 2 Delaware, 2 BR and 1 backyard EE mix.  6 wk old babies - 1 NHR, 1 BO (Maybe a Roo), 1 Dominique, 1 BA, 5 EE girls, and 1 EE boy.  Breeding silkies 3 white hens, 1 blue/grey hen, 1 black roo.  Tiny chicks too many to count.
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Mom to a BEAUTIFUL little girl, 1 dog, 2 cats, LOTS of fish and an ever growing chicken flock.  Laying hens - 3 RIR, 3 BSL, 3 EE, 2 Delaware, 2 BR and 1 backyard EE mix.  6 wk old babies - 1 NHR, 1 BO (Maybe a Roo), 1 Dominique, 1 BA, 5 EE girls, and 1 EE boy.  Breeding silkies 3 white hens, 1 blue/grey hen, 1 black roo.  Tiny chicks too many to count.
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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 :) 

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088873/styrofoam-incubators-club ---Come join us! 

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