Easy Way To Make A Barred Rock Go Broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by TWolfBC, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. TWolfBC

    TWolfBC In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2015
    I used to have two chickens, a Delaware and a Barred Rock. Recently, my Delaware died. The barred rock possibly will die from depression. I got two baby chicks, Australorp and silver laced wyandott. Im hoping that my barred rock will go broody in time to adopt the new chicks... shes about ten weeks old. Is there any way to encourage going broody, other than fake eggs in the nest? Ive introduced them by putting a fence between them.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Sorry, there's no way to make a hen good broody and if you barred rock 10 weeks old (was that a typo?) then she is certainly not even laying yet!

  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    You can't make a hen go broody. If she is only ten weeks old, then there is no way that she will be ready to go broody. Generally, hens that are prone to broodiness go broody in the spring or summer. Fall/winter is the 'off' season for hens. It's the time of year when their bodies are recuperating from a long season of turning out eggs.
    Brood the chicks indoors with a heat source to keep them warm. Once they are mostly feathered in, you can start putting them in a pen adjacent to your Barred Rock during the day so they can see each other and socialize, and still keep the little ones safe. Once they are big enough to handle pecking order scuffles, and fast enough to get away, you can start to allow you older girl to interact with the little ones. Once they can spend most of their days without altercations, you can let the little ones be with her full time.
  4. TWolfBC

    TWolfBC In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2015
    Ok! Thanks

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