Anyone roughly know when an Australorp will go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mpcardona, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. mpcardona

    mpcardona Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in So Cal and have been a chicken owner for 5 months. My Australorps are almost a year old. They just started laying Mid January. How long till they go broody? I'm thinking about making my own incubator, but I would much rather them go broody. What do you guys think?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I would go with the incubator 'just in case'. There is no guarantee that they will go broody.
     
  3. mpcardona

    mpcardona Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Sourland. I figured. My husband said that they go broody when they know that they that they are at the end of their egg laying.
     
  4. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is wrong, some birds never go broody. My buffs , one to be exact has gone broody 3 times in a year. They do not go broody when you want them to and some never go broody. My australorps are almost a year and have never gone broody. My buff was 7 months when she first started.
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You can "invite" them by having a nest of golf balls, plastic eggs, etc. For some birds the clutch of eggs can help trigger broodiness. For some, not so much.
     
  6. mpcardona

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    It's funny, that is one of the main reasons I got a couple Australorps. Well I can try the golf ball and fake egg trick. If that doesn't work, I'll just do it myself. Thanks guys!
     

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