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Can i encourage a hen to 'go broody?'

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by georgia.cass, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. georgia.cass

    georgia.cass Hatching

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    I'm just wondering if anyone know a way to encourage hens to go broody. Most of my hens are last years so obviously haven't had a clutch of their own as yet.
     

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I seriously doubt it. I have been trying for the last two months. [​IMG] They'll go broody if and when they are good and ready to.
     
  3. I'vegotchickenfever

    I'vegotchickenfever Songster

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    ok - can they "go broody" WITHOUT picking out their chest feathers?
     
  4. chickenfever

    chickenfever Songster

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    I'vegotchickenfever :

    ok - can they "go broody" WITHOUT picking out their chest feathers?

    Why would they pick out their chest feathers?​
     
  5. chickenhick

    chickenhick Songster

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    THey pick out their feathers for their nests.

    And, no I don't think they will go broody without the feather thing. I think its just inborn.
     
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  6. I'vegotchickenfever

    I'vegotchickenfever Songster

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    Why would they pick out their chest feathers?

    I've heard they do that to keep the eggs warm. The feathers don't let the eggs actually touch the warmer flesh, so, they pick them off. Of course, I've never had a broody hen, and maybe they hatch either way...​
     
  7. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    if you let the eggs pile up in the nest to a respectable clutch size, sometimes that will make one go broody, if she was already thinking about it.
     

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