desperate for broody hens HELP!!!

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  1. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need my hen to go broody as some of my chicken got eaten from a fox and I don't know how to, my aseel went broody only for 5 days and came off them but she was only about 4-5 months old but she hatched before I had her 4 months old now she is about 6-7 months old and laying eggs a day I leave some eggs in the coop and I take them away every 2 or 3 days but leave the fresh ones in today she went to a nest box to lay so I figured to put an egg under her while laying and she took the egg and tucked it under her I was happy I thought she was broody but then she laid egg and came out the nest box, I think I'm gonna try spearmint in the nest box thing as heard it triggers broodiness any advice? I tried put my hen in dark hutch she sat them for 5 days then came off again I have 3 hens ,aseel, black Wyandot cross and a hybrid not sure what. the black Wyandot sat on 7 eggs the other day and slept on them at night but she came of them not sure this happens to me [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] so she and the aseel could be good to go broody
     
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I have not heard of a proven method to trigger broodiness, sorry.

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  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I think the only thing that always works is patience [​IMG]
     
  4. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been waiting more than a year and nothing how much more can I wait
     
  5. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Really not much you can do to trigger it besides giving her a reason, I would go get a dozen golf balls and put those in a nesting box and leave them in the nesting box then wait and hope she goes broody on them... The reason for golf balls is that they won't spoil and don't need to be changed out... Once she goes broody on them and appears devoted to sitting, then swap them out with real eggs...
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Not all hens go broody.
    Some breeds are known for broodiness.
    In general a hen will not go broody till fully mature and after her first moult.
    May seem like broodiness with some, but they just like chatting away to eggs.
     
  8. chickenshiha

    chickenshiha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been keeping chicken for 10 years and none of my chicken moltted because where I live (Palestine) not just most people here are the same but temperature is good now andits a bit hot but today nice and cool windy
     
  9. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    from reading and trying, there's no way to force it. you can create a broody area, ideally one that you can shut a door on once a hen starts, to keep other hens from barging in and laying eggs on top of her. a darkly lit laying box tucked away a bit, facing an inside wall is a favorite for my hens and then one day our astrolorpe got the fancy for sitting and nothing was going to stop her. it's an unmistakable state, there's a shift in behavior, they tend to puff up, growl and peck if you get close. some breeds are more likely than others to go broody, some hens within a breed are more likely. generally I've heard it advised that if a hen comes in and out of being broody without finishing the job, it's best to not rely on her in the future. I've read in several places that it's best to wait a week of solid sitting before risking adding fertile eggs and best to use eggs that are 7 days old or less. I used fake eggs for that week, golf balls are a common alternative as they don't seem to know the difference.
     
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  10. Dipsey

    Dipsey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard of doing this from several people. We have used golf balls to get the hens to lay in boxes where we want them to lay. But I have heard of making a clutch of eggs with golf balls to trigger broodiness.
     

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