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My Rhode Island Red is Broody!! How can I make her stay broody?!!! Please help me guys~

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I have actually been hoping one of my 7 Rhode Island Reds would go broody so I can have more chickens... One of mine has been on the nest since last Thur... The problem is, she gets off her nest once a day for duties, and then she gets back on the wrong nest.(This isn't the problem yet keep reading) It's cold here, so she's let the eggs get cold and I had to dispose of them. I put a new clutch of eggs under her and quarantined her to a place AWAY from the coop to keep her from getting back on the other nest, plus to get her away from the stress of other chickens. Do you think she will sit on these eggs for 21 days, even though she has been broody for 4-5 days already? Do they sit on them til they hatch, even if it takes a month? Or do they only sit on them for 20-23 day? Please help me I need her to raise chicks so I don't have to buy more! All the best, ~Clay (P.S. She is6.5 months old.) (Edited to fix some typos and add in another line)


Edited by ClayCraft2000 - 4/11/16 at 2:43pm
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It all depends upon the hen.  Some will set seemingly forever, and in others their hormones tell them to quit around 21 days.

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I copied this thread to another forum category to get more input. Thanks for the input Broody Magician!!

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