Do Dominiques Go Broody??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by funonahonda, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Wanna get some chickens that go broody to hatch some eggs and have brown eggs
  2. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    I think they would if you work at it by leaving eggs in the nest.
  3. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Ok. First things first. A hen will go broody if she's going to go broody. It cannot be forced. By leaving the eggs in the nest, you can do one of two things: Have broken eggs/rotten eggs or begin the nasty habit of egg-eating.

    I would get fake eggs and use those as the "dummies" for broody birds.

    Next, get a line that is known for broodiness. Silkies and Cochins are known for their brooding abilities.

    Next, not every hen of every breed known for broodiness will become broody. Each bird is different and each bird has their own hormonal cycle. When a hen wants to brood, they will brood.

    I have a Minorca hen that is part of the Mediterranean class that is known to NOT go broody. Yet, every year on May 5 she goes broody. It's like clockwork. Some breeds may surprise you, others can disappoint.

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