Broody hen? How does that happen?

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

  1. mompom

    mompom Out Of The Brooder

    May 15, 2014
    Lake City, FL
    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

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    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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