Broody Hens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ridgerunner, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    In nature, a hen lays a nestfull of eggs then goes broody and hatches them. To discourage a hen from going broody, you remove the eggs every day. Does anyone have experience in putting a number of eggs in the nest to encourage a hen to go broody? I'm thinking of using about a dozen artificial eggs. I'm aware nothing is fool-proof as you are dealing with living organisms, but I'd be interested in any experience anyone has with this.
  2. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    If I want a hen to go broodie I leave eggs in the nest.Artificial will work as good.

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