Brood on demand?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Newchickenguy, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Newchickenguy

    Newchickenguy Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it possable to get a chicken to brood on demand. In other words, if one day I decide I want to hatch out some eggs and collect like 10 eggs and pile them in a nest, is there a chicken that is so broody they will set them? If so what kind of chicken??
     
  2. LupineChickens

    LupineChickens New Egg

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    Although I'm not that experienced in that area, I know that you can't really make a hen get broody on demand. I think that if you already have a slightly broody hen, there are things you can do to help her. When I've had broody hens that I don't want broody, the best way to do it is to put them in a somewhat uncomfortable setting and limit their heat sources. So- if you make a chicken comfortable and warm, it might help get them broody. You can go to this website and see what is says (for the breeds)-

    http://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/2011/08/23/which-chicken-breeds-are-the-most-likely-to-go-broody/
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Nope, not dependably. You can try silkies or game hens, they're your best bets. But I wouldn't order eggs and count on someone going broody!

    I do think a good clutch of eggs in a nest can help trigger a hen to go broody. It's not 100% reliable, but I think those that tend to go broody would be helped along by some sacrifice eggs, golf balls, etc in the nest.
     

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