can u just make a hen go broody

mom wewantchicks!

Songster
11 Years
Apr 23, 2008
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buckhannon,wv
we where hoping our silkies could be our incubators,they do not have a roo so we take out the eggs everyday.they are never sitting on them and dont care if we come and go. i was talking to a man who has a frizzle roo,he seems to think after having a roo with them i should just leave the eggs,and the hens will get the idea and go broody. i didnt think it worked like that. can anyone enlighten me
 

Chicken D's mom

In the Brooder
10 Years
Sep 17, 2009
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If you have a roo, and leave the eggs, they should go broody.
My hen won't go broody until she has exactly 10 eggs.
 

mom wewantchicks!

Songster
11 Years
Apr 23, 2008
366
1
149
buckhannon,wv
so if i just leave the eggs in there,even if she is showing no interest,she should go broody. i think it is still a little cold for that but i may try it in the spring
 

juliecox

Songster
10 Years
Jul 27, 2009
262
1
121
Arlington, TX
You can get fake eggs at a feed store, and leave those in the nest. Once the eggs have been in the nest a few days, someone's likely to start sitting on them. You do need a roo if you want the Silkies to hatch their own eggs (obviously) but if you're planning on putting other fertile eggs under them, they don't need a roo just to go broody. I don't have a roo, and my Australorp loves to go broody. I got a Silkie intending for her to be the broody, but she always gets kicked out of the nests! XD
 

Sock Puppet

Grumpy Hen
10 Years
Mar 3, 2009
989
3
139
Mesa, Arizona
I had golfballs in the nest and mine went broody on those
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Chicken D's mom

In the Brooder
10 Years
Sep 17, 2009
80
2
39
I have a hen who hatched one fertile egg from another hen and the rest of her own eggs were infertile. I took her eggs away and gave her a half an ear of corn and she sat on that!!
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Chickens14

Songster
10 Years
Nov 16, 2009
360
2
121
Ulster County NY
Chicken D's mom :

I have a hen who hatched one fertile egg from another hen and the rest of her own eggs were infertile. I took her eggs away and gave her a half an ear of corn and she sat on that!!
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crittergal

In the Brooder
11 Years
Apr 13, 2008
47
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Ohio
I got some chicks last spring, some of which were Buff Orpingtons, and I had one of them go broody on a nest that just had one wooden egg in it - and she wasn't even a year old yet! I am hoping at least one of them will go broody this spring, to hatch some eggs for me
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mom wewantchicks!

Songster
11 Years
Apr 23, 2008
366
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149
buckhannon,wv
thanks for all the replies. my intention for the silkies was to use them as broodies and put some of our fertile eggs under them. then i meet a guy at the feed store and he has an extra frizzle roo,he was wanted to give him to me in exchange for some of the fertile eggs. he didnt seem to think i should quarintine him,but we only have 4 silkies,they are my dd babies and i couldnt have anything happen to them. so if we get him it will definately be later in the spring probably even the summer before we even try!
 

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