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How often or when do hens go broody?

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Do they differ by breeds? Does leaving the eggs on the nest encourage them to do so? My Austrolorp hen has been laying for about 5 weeks now. Is she going to be broody soon?

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Ummmm, never.  I waited and waited and waited.  Then I bought an incubator, ordered eggs, incubated eggs, hatched chicks, they're now 15 weeks old and still no broody. (in their defense they are only a year old)

Hopefully I'll get one this year. fl  But I lost my best chance at a broody - my buff orp.

And no, you can't make them go broody.  They only go broody when they get the urge.  And some breeds are more prone to going broody than others.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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post #3 of 10

Some breeds are more prone to broodiness than others, although anything is possible.  Production breeds like Sex-links, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Leghorns and Austrolorps have been purposely bred for high egg production and selected against broodiness, so it's not highly likely your Austrolorp will go broody, but stranger things have happened.

The broodiest birds are Silkies, bantam Cochins and many other bantam breeds.

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post #4 of 10

What Southenbelle said.  smile

My LF birds never go broody (buff orps, welsummers, wyandottes, EEs).  They are going on two years old now and have never shown the least interest in being broody.  My banties on the other hand go broody if you look at them.  I had silkies taking turns last winter and a mille fleur d'uccle and a silver sebright that shared a nest and an egg.  When it hatched they shared parenting duties.  It was really funny.  I figure the silkies will go broody again any day now.  I have one that keeps playing at it.  I figure she'll get serious right about the time the weather gets nasty.  roll

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I have two pullet silkies that are 5 months old when will they go broody?Its still cold here in Maine so probably not until spring?

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Originally Posted by henney penny 

I have two pullet silkies that are 5 months old when will they go broody?Its still cold here in Maine so probably not until spring?


I had one go broody as young as 5 months.  Mine usually went broody about 4-6 weeks after they started laying eggs, then they went on never-ending broody cycles. roll

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Thank you everyone for your feedback. I'm just thinking of rewarding her to be a mom as soon as she shows broodiness since she lays eggs almost everyday. Then I'll have more prolific egg-laying hens like her if she'll have a good hatch.

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open." - Arnold H. Glasgow
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post #8 of 10

I have an 8 mo BO that is sitting on 12 eggs now.  She went broody a little over 2 weeks ago.  I was unable to break her, so gave her some mutt eggs to try.  We'll see.  She is on day 8.

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Originally Posted by Southernbelle View Post

Some breeds are more prone to broodiness than others, although anything is possible.  Production breeds like Sex-links, Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Leghorns and Austrolorps have been purposely bred for high egg production and selected against broodiness, so it's not highly likely your Austrolorp will go broody, but stranger things have happened.


The broodiest birds are Silkies, bantam Cochins and many other bantam breeds.

This is interesting maybe my girls are special i have no idea but I have 3 black sexlinks, 2 leghorns and 2 buckeyes all about a year old that are broody. We just rescued 5 wild baby turkeys and my sexlink has taking them. It's very fun to watch this happen. Turkeys weren't eating very much so we thought they needed a mom to show them the way and its been 6 days and so far so good!
Edited by KateR - 6/26/13 at 9:47pm
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Depends on breed
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