broody hens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by w1n7erw01f, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. w1n7erw01f

    w1n7erw01f Just Hatched

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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
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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

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  3. lydiagirl99

    lydiagirl99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. [​IMG] Good Luck !
     
  4. w1n7erw01f

    w1n7erw01f Just Hatched

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    how long can you leave the eggs in there?
     
  5. lydiagirl99

    lydiagirl99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No more than 10 days or else the fertility of the egg starts declining.
     
  6. w1n7erw01f

    w1n7erw01f Just Hatched

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    ok, thanks
     
  7. stuckinthecity

    stuckinthecity Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of hens do you have?
    Get you a couple of game hens if you can
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  8. FarmerMac

    FarmerMac Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  9. lydiagirl99

    lydiagirl99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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