broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by devilzkiller, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. devilzkiller

    devilzkiller New Egg

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  2. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Some people say they have made a hen broody but honestly a real broody hen will go broody on her own when she wants to. Its a hormonal thing !! Some breeds go broody more often than others, not sure about yours !!

    Some signs would be.... Sitting on the nest all day, not laying, pecking at you when you try to move her off the nest, putting shavings/straw/feathers on herself while sitting.
     
  3. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    I read an article on this not to long ago (not sure where [​IMG]).
    It said that you can force a hen to go broody by putting her in a very small and dark/covered cage with food and water. You have to keep them there for some time and eventually they will go broody. That seems very mean to me. I think that they will be better off doing it on their own. With my girls once they go broody there is no breaking them.
     

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