Broody????

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  1. banditmommy581

    banditmommy581 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can someone give me some tips on encouraging my hens to become broody? Tips would be helpful!!!!! i would like some chicks the natural way!!
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Hopefully your hens are of a broody breed. Broodiness is uncommon in some strains and not all hens in generally broody strains will set eggs. Some feel that allowing a hen to build a clutch of eggs may encourage her to go broody. Other than that just be patient or get some silky hens.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Silkies are among the best broodies as are cochins but, it doesn't mean they all will and you can't switch it on or off. When their hormones tell them to go broody they do. What breeds do you have?
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    BTW Silkies don't needs eggs to go broody - when they are broody they will sit on anything, rocks, twigs, or nothing at all. That is the time when you can slip fertile eggs under them, of any breed. They will hatch them and raise as their own.
     
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    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    It depends on the breeds of chickens you are keeping. Some breeds are very broody while others never go broody. Frequently broody breeds include orpingtons, silkies, cochins, sussex, d'uccles and brahmas. Some of the best ways to encourage broodiness includes: placing fake eggs in the nests, making the nests dark, putting lots of comfy bedding in the nests and again, making sure you have the appropriate breeds.

    Here are two links to check out too
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/encouraging-or-discouraging-broodiness-in-your-hens
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/broody-hens
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Broodies unfortunately can't planned, they just happen. I would also suggest silkies if you want a bird it's almost guaranteed to go broody whether you want them to or not.
     
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