Broody Hen Thread!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FarmerBoy24, May 1, 2011.

  1. cheepcheep riri

    cheepcheep riri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2014
    How many hens?
    How big of a coop do you have?
    Do you have a roo?
  2. lisaterrell88

    lisaterrell88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2014
    gustine texas

    They all think they have to sit on this nest. Which I think is weird cause they are game gens and I figured they wouldnt share like they are but they are so sweet to each other.
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  3. randerson846

    randerson846 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2013
    I went to my friend today and he gave me 18 fertile hen eggs, and he gave me 3 fertile duck eggs as well and I don't want them to go to waste, as I also wanted to hatch them so what do I do, can I hatch them together or what.
    (I have a sixty egg incubator so space isn't a problem) Help!
  4. jruhle

    jruhle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2012
    Oh good, she's only been broody a couple days and none of the hens are bothering her. She's a big fluffy girl so she should do great! Last time I used a buff orp and she smothered the ducklings with motherlyness
  5. HarrietB

    HarrietB Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 3, 2012
    I have a broody one a clutch of about 13 eggs, and she was moved into her lovely broody coop yesterday so she can have some peace and quiet! Today she hasnt budged out of her nest to eat or drink so its been over 24 hours since she has had anything! a few of the eggs are due to hatch on friday/saturday. Any ideas on if she hasnt moved because the some of the chicks are due over the next two days or is she grumpy because she has been moved to a private pen? Either way, should I be worried about the lack of food and water?
  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    She is in lock are fortunate she took the move now all that is left is leave her undisturbed as she waits for pips and zips and then chicks. Keep food and water within easy reach but not so it can tip into the nest...won't be long!
  7. Dknichelson

    Dknichelson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2014
    2 Adult hens, both broody, one roo and three 2 month old pullets, plus new babies. The coop is not big, about 32 square feet plus a hen house that the 3 pullets sleep in(silkies sleep under the hen house). It was built with having 4 hens in mind and things have just turned out differently. Our roo is very sweet. He took to the new pullets well a few weeks ago and has been fine with the new additions today. Ideally, I'd like to move broody mama and chicks tonight, but it doesn't look like their done hatching...
  8. randerson846

    randerson846 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2013
    What breed are good broodys
  9. chicken farmer

    chicken farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2012
    Today I looked in the coop when I got home and there was a little brown bantam mix chick standing beside her while she was laying in the nestbox haha. She has been sittin on 13 eggs(6 silkies,7bantys) and they are due this Tuesday so I was wondering how it hatched about 4 days early and I forgot I took a couple eggs from a broody banty hen and put them under the silkie cause she couldn't cover them all. And the silkie hen got off the nest cause she knew she has to get it food/water so there was 12 eggs that were a few days from hatching layin in the nestbox so I took them and put them in the incubator and when they hatch I'm gonna give them to her and she will have a big brood and she'll be happy!!! I'm glad she is having another round of motherhood(her second time last spring was the first)[​IMG]
  10. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    While it definitely boils down to the individual hen, the breeds that are noted for having very common and even annoyingly frequent broodies are Silkie, Cochin and Game Bird.

    Another breed noted for being good for broodiness is Orpington, although none of mine ever went broody in earnest.

    I have had other birds become broody...I've had several Black Stars and Welsummer/Welsummer mixes....although Welsummer is not generally noted for commonly being broody.

    A few on this thread have had commercial layers go broody (one in particular a White Leghorn..practically unheard of!).

    I really wanted to brood with hens, so I purchased a known faithful broody Silkie at a chicken swap...she is the backbone of my brooding program as she faithfully goes broody every 3 to 4 months such that I can plan my hatching program with her in mind. I then use any additional bird who is willing and able.

    Right now I have my Silkie and Wyandotte/EE mix (my best guess as her parentage is unknown) that are sitting on clutches.

    Henderson's breed chart notes broodiness so you can check it to see which breeds are noted for that:

    Good luck in finding a broody hen.
    Lady of McCamley

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