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Broody hen? How does that happen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mompom, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. mompom

    mompom Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like a broody hen to hatch some eggs. My 6 SSs and 4 EEs are 10 months old (as well as EE roo). Is there a way to make a hen GO broody?? Will they want to at any particular age, or season or temperature or certain condition?
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Broodiness is basically a hormonal thing. You can't "make" a hen go broody. Some breeds are known for broodiness (such as silkies and bantams) and some breeds it's a rarity if you have a broody (Polish). So breed plays a big role overall, and the individual hen and her hormones play a role.
     

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