Originally Posted by bobbieschicks
Psst - I know the secret to making a hen go broody...
1. You have to have a breed that is prone to broodiness - like EE, Cochin and Silkies - to name a few. Order some and then wait.
2. Make sure you have an inviting nest with fake eggs (golf ball, ping pong ball, ceramic egg, plastic egg or something else that looks egg shaped). Put the fake eggs in the nest box and then wait.
3. Watch her carefully and the 1st time you notice her staying on the nest all day long - give her a special treat to eat, like mealyworms or such, and then wait.
4. Watch her each night to see if she spends the night on the fake eggs or returns to the roost, and then wait.
5. Watch to see if she's stopped laying her own eggs, and then wait.
6. Once she stays on the nest all night long for 3 nights in a row - call her a broody - your wait is over! Celebrate, you have a broody!
Then decide whether to leave her where she is or move her to another location. If you are going to move her - do yourself a favor and do it at night under cloak of darkness. Trust me on this one. Put a small towel over her head so she can't see anything and move her along with some of her bedding to the new nest. Put the fake eggs under her and watch to see if she stays there the next morning. You can test her resolve for a couple of days - or if you already have a bator as backup go ahead and move forward with your plan to get eggs under her. Order your eggs and let them sit for 24 hours before placing them either in the nest when she's out eating/pooping or in front of her to let her scoop them under herself. Once the eggs are under her begin the 21 day count down and wait for the chicks to hatch!
The actual time between wanting a broody and having a broody may vary - the waiting time of somewhere between "now" and "never" are normal. However, do not give up hope. Trust in the process and wait patiently grasshopper - all things come to those who wait...
OMG-- Bobbies Chicks---
I'm following your secret formula -- Started this morning before I read this. (well sort of following).
I moved the hen that was showing signs of being broody, [hanging out a long time on the nest, scolding when I looked in-- trying to peck my hand etc.] into a little pet carrier with--you guessed it 1/2 dozen fake eggs. It kind of follows that theory that circulates about the boy who learned the trick from his grandfather about the tar paper covered dog crate-- I'm sure you've all have heard it. ;O)
She has feed water a space to get out of the nest, a cardboard "broody box" inside the pet carrier. She's isolated from the rest--and thus not hogging the nest box....so they have better access.
If she seems broody, then the small space won't be a big problem, if she isn't then I will give up on her. I think by this weekend I want to know is she or isn't she. There isn't much else she can do in there except sit on the nestbox...or drink, eat and poo in the rest of the available space.
If she is broody, then she is already where she will be for the duration. --so no need to move her.
But she isn't a broody type breed---so maybe it's all futile. Cannot believe what you posted, then cannot believe it was just joking. :O( ====> when, cooincidentally, it was my way to determine if she is or isn't. When she is out she just dust bathes or roosts someplace, but she doesn't stay on the nest all day.
to be continued......................