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Getting hens to brood

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I thought two of our hens were getting broody so I left a clutch of eggs in one of the nests for two weeks, but neither stayed on the nest.  I'd like to hatch eggs naturally rather than through incubation.  How do I get a hen to brood?

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post #2 of 7

Short answer is that you don't. They'll brood when/if their body tells them too. What kind of hens do you have? Some breeds are know for going broody fairly often and with others it's very rare.

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We have 3 buff orpingtons, 3 RI reds and a wyandotte.  I was counting on our 2 cochins, but they were injured by the roosters and didn't survive.  I guess I'll have to get out the incubator.

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The Orpingtons might come thru for you, but if they do it will be on their schedule, not yours. Broody's are more fun, but the bator is more versitile.

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Thanks.  I'll give them some more time before getting out the bator.

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:frow  I was asking this same question repeatedly during Jan. & Feb. Come April & the warmer temps, my Black Australorp decided to get busy being broody! She's been setting since April 1, she's got 4 eggs tucked safely under her. Guess we can only leave broodiness up to mother nature - and mother hens!lau

~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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~ MARIE~, ZOey's nana in COOLville, Ohio
1 rooster(OEGame/Andalusian mix), 1 B.A./OEG hen,1 Black Jersey Giant hen, 1 Black Astralorp hen; 1 - ~White Plymouth Rock "Klucky". 1~Delaware hen.
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One of the Buff Orps went broody yesterday.  She's sitting on a clutch of eggs with the first from 4/11 and 4 from yesterday and today.  Baby chicks on Mother's Day?  I can't wait.

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