Can You Force a Hen to Be Broody?

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

  1. YankeeMinstrel

    YankeeMinstrel Out Of The Brooder

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    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

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    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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