Another broody hen question...

happyhens

Songster
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
443
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KY
What exactly causes a hen to go broody? Is there anything I can do to encourage a hen to go broody (I know you can't force them to go broody, but maybe I can help her out a little...)? My flock consists of Buff Orps (people say they are good broodies, but in my experience they rarely ever go broody), a Black Australorp, and a Partridge Rock with various roosters (no doubt the eggs are fertile!)
 

shmooborp

artistic fowlism
12 Years
Mar 28, 2008
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willamette valley, oregon
usually it just depends on the bird, ive tryed putting 3 or so golf balls in the nest boxes and that usually gives them the right idea, but then again some of them dont have a clue... so it usually just depends on the bird. hope that helps a little:)
 

airmom1c05

Songster
11 Years
Feb 3, 2008
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Raymond, Mississippi
Put a nest egg ie: a golf ball or two; or wooden eggs in the laying box or nest box. That's what finally did the trick with my little broody bantam. It took several weeks. I was collecting her eggs and replaced them with golf balls, wooden eggs, and even plastic Easter eggs. Once she was broody, I moved her nest with her in it to an isolation pen so she wouldn't be disturbed. At night, I slipped 5 of her fertile eggs under her and removed the fake eggs. I removed two eggs last week that weren't right after candling, and the three remaining eggs should hatch April 4th. I'm so excited! Best wishes for a broody! Here's the link with the broody information I studied:

http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Broody-Hens-1.html

Enjoy!
 

greenthing

Hatching
11 Years
Mar 24, 2008
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Louisiana
My Black Australorp is the only one of my 7 hens to go broody. I have 2 RIR, 2 Buff Orps, and 2 easter egg hens along with her. I haven't had much luck with the eggs hatching, this is her first time to go broody. She has been really good though and sticks tight to her nest. Good luck and I hope you get one of your hens to go broody.
 

92caddy

Egg Lover
12 Years
May 18, 2007
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Portland, IN
Yes you can make a hen go broody. Put her in a small pen or cage and keep it dark, let her out 2 times aday to eat and drink, keep her in there and make sure its dark and with in 2 or 3 or 4 days she will go broody. Put some fake eggs under her while she is in there also. It works, Ive done it before...........ed
 

happyhens

Songster
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
443
1
161
KY
Quote:Really? What breeds have you tried this with? Would I be better off to try this with a Buff Orp hen, a Black Australorp hen, or a Partridge Rock hen? Most of them are about 10 months old, the Black A hen is a little over a year...
 

happyhens

Songster
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
443
1
161
KY
Thanks to everyone for the replies, I have boiled some eggs since we have had a major overload of eggs, I am going to mark them and leave them in the nest and gather the fresh ones, maybe having eggs in the nest will spark a broody gene somewhere... LOL
Thanks for the link Airmom! It looks very interesting, I'm just about to read it.
 

92caddy

Egg Lover
12 Years
May 18, 2007
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Portland, IN
Ive used it on some bantys and a cuckoo Marans. I use old hand blown glass eggs or ceramic eggs. I would try the older hen/s 1st. ............ed
 
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happyhens

Songster
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
443
1
161
KY
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Surely it couldn't have happened this fast, but I am pretty sure that I have broody Buff Orp hen!!! I hadn't tried your suggestion yet, Ed, but I did put boiled eggs in the nest. This hen had been making the noises that disturbed/anxious chickens make, especially broody hens with chicks. But she hadn't been staying on the nest, so I just assumed that it was a rooster, dog, or even me that was making her a little nervous. But it may be that I was just gathering the eggs to quickly, and she was just waiting for something to set on. Now she is sitting tight in the nest and has been for about 2 hr., and any time I get close to the nest she puffs up her feathers and squawks at me really loud. I am so excited, I really hope that she is broody. If she is still on the nest tonight, I am going to isolate her and her nest and give her a few eggs! Woohoo!
 

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