Broody hen questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pipers chicks, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. Pipers chicks

    Pipers chicks Chirping

    Apr 23, 2018
    Hey, so I raise chicks and I'm thinking if I get a broody hen or two it would make my job much easier. I've never had a broody hen and have someone questions.
    First, will a hen take chicks right away, or do you have to let her set on some eggs first?
    And second, how many times a year will she normally go broody? Are there any ways you can make her go broody more often?
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  2. True Patriot

    True Patriot Sanity is subjective

    May 20, 2018
    Liberty Co, Georgia
    My Coop
    First question, depends on the hen, breed, and temperament. And next 2 questions, I don't think there's anything you can do to make/change a hen going broody. Others may have more insight on this.
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  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    From what I've read most hens will only take chicks towards the end of the cycle, around the time when the eggs/fake eggs they're sitting on would naturally hatch.

    You can't control broodiness. You can't make them go broody. They'll do it when it's inconvenient sometimes. Some birds go broody constantly (which if you're wanting chicks regularly, is the bird you'd want) and some might only go broody once a year, if that.
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Usually they need to sit on eggs first.

    Depends on the hen, maybe 3 times a year? To make them go broody quicker, separate the chicks sooner.
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  5. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

    Feb 9, 2015
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Send her to my house for a day. She'll catch the broody bug guaranteed! It spreads like wildfire!

    :lau :lau

    Seriously though.... Some breeds are more prone to broodiness, like silkies, bantam cochins, Old English, Seramas. So choosing a breed more likely to go broody will increase your chances. There are always exceptions either way though.

    Some say that leaving eggs (fake or real) in the nest box will encourage them to sit. I've never had to do that, so I can't confirm it from experience.
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  6. Pipers chicks

    Pipers chicks Chirping

    Apr 23, 2018
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