Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chickens 2016, Apr 13, 2016.

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    Can you make A hen go broody?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Nope. Some claim that leaving eggs in the nest will encourage a hen to go broody. In my experience they go broody when they are ready, and not all birds will go broody.
     
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    We need to extend our flock so I just need to have one of them to go broody. what if I stick a chicken in the nest each night with fertile eggs will that hatch them
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    No. What breeds of chickens do you have?
     
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    Rhode island red Light brahma Buff brahma
     
  6. sourland

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    Are they hatchery birds, and have they ever been broody in the past?
     
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    No they r not hatchery chickens and have not been broody
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    How old are they. 'Breeder' sourced birds do have a greater chance of going broody than most hatchery birds.
     
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    I agree you can't really make a hen broody. They kinda decide if they want to be broody. Some breeds are more prone. Sometimes you can put a hen in a pen with a rooster and that could work, but again that doesn't always work.
     
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    They r 1 year old we got them from a farm store so hard to tell were there originally from
     

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