Anyone have tips?
How to get a hen to set
Yes I put golf balls in the nest.
Golf balls and fake eggs work well to get them to lay their eggs in the nest box, but if you're trying to get her to go broody it won't help. They go broody when they feel like it and there is nothing you can do to make them. If you have a broody breed you may be able to encourage her a bit, but it's still hit or miss.
You can try to push her rear end down as you are saying sit, give her a treat if she does it.
From what I understand hens go broody because of hormones. They pretty much do it when they do it, if they ever do it. If you do a search I think you will find a thread on an old time way to make a hen go broody, something about putting her in a dark box for a week or two, or something like that. I wish you luck
thanks I guess I will just have to wait for one to set
I did a little searching, this was the one I read a while back.
I found this great post on here about forcing a brood. Here's what it said. Beautiful bird, I just love frizzles!
Bard's Rock! wrote:
Yes you can make a hen go broody, it will take a bit of time, but it can be done, I have done it many of times.
You take the hen and put her in a box that is totally dark, just enough room for her to sit in there, keep her in that box, let her out once a day to eat, drink, and poo, then put her back in there. Give her a hand full of golf balls or fake eggs. It may take a day or 2 or maybe even a week, but it can be done. I have done it many of times, it does work. Some breeds it dont work so well and some breeds it works very easy.............
Yes! This method was featured in Backyard Poultry magazine.
And I actually will be trying this in the spring and I'm hoping to get either one of my buff orps and barred rock to do this! Good luck!