Can You Force a Hen to Be Broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by YankeeMinstrel, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. YankeeMinstrel

    YankeeMinstrel In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2015
    This spring, my mother wants to buy some chicks and convince a hen to adopt them. The problem is, though we have a hen with a long and consistent history of broodiness, she isn't broody just yet. Though I have always thought that a hen will only go broody on her own accord, my mother insists that we could convince her to go broody and sit on fake eggs by confining her in a small hutch, so that we can pretend her eggs 'hatched'. Is it possible to force a hen into broodiness by confinement with a clutch, or do we have to wait until she decides herself?
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    Broodiness is a hormonal happening and IMO you cannot force that to happen.

    Do be careful placing babies with any hen, they can kill them. I don't know if even a broody hen will accept those she does not hatch.

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