broody question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dave_Cash69, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does a nest have to be full of eggs before a hen goes broody
    or will 2-3 do the trick?
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    It's the hormones in a hen that makes her "want" to go broody, just setting some eggs in a nest most times will not do it. I would date two or three eggs and try. Wouldn't want to waste a whole clutch.
     
  3. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    alright sounds good
    other input is appreicated, also however.
    thanks for the clarification
     
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    tuffoldhen is right, hens go broody if they have a rooster or not, and if they have eggs or not. I've seen hens set on empty nests and refuse to get off of it even if you take all their eggs every time.
     

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