broody hens

w1n7erw01f

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Is there anyway to make at least one of my hens go broody faster? I really want to hatch some chicks but i dont have an incubator so my only option is a broody hen
 

Pork Pie

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Nope, sorry. I just bought an incubator due to the same frustration.

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lydiagirl99

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May 31, 2016
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Stop collecting their eggs. Hens want to sit on a clutch of eggs so seeing more in a nest will encourage them to sit. Make sure that box is dark and covered, too. That can also help but there is really not much you can do and it's pretty late into the breeding season I believe but chickens will do just about anything.
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Good Luck !
 

FarmerMac

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Stop collecting their eggs. Hens want to sit on a clutch of eggs so seeing more in a nest will encourage them to sit. Make sure that box is dark and covered, too. That can also help but there is really not much you can do and it's pretty late into the breeding season I believe but chickens will do just about anything.
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Good Luck !

Not all hens will go broody. Some breeds are developed for egg production and will not go broody. I have some that never go broody, others like my American Game, always go broody. I use those hens to hatch eggs when I don't want to use the incubator.
 

lydiagirl99

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Not all hens will go broody. Some breeds are developed for egg production and will not go broody. I have some that never go broody, others like my American Game, always go broody. I use those hens to hatch eggs when I don't want to use the incubator.
I do know that not all hens go broody. The things I wrote are just to help try and encourage her. You of course can never be for certain that a hen will go broody, but like I said they can surprise you. Red sex links aren't known for broodiness yet I still had one sit.
 

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