Broody Hens

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

  1. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    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 Songster

    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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