Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Keshiaandadam, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. Keshiaandadam

    Keshiaandadam Cooped Up

    Jun 2, 2007
    I was wondering something everyday i have been taking eggs from my hen house if i leave them there is there a chance that one of my hens will go broody? i have somewhere between 10 and 12 hens laying right now just a question please help me out thanks.
  2. Arklady

    Arklady Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    It depends on how old the hens are, also what breed, as some breeds never go broody. It takes the younger ones awhile to understand the eggs need to be sat on. Even then they don't know how long. But established hens will watch till they figure they have enough eggs they can comfortably cover and some steal even too many eggs before they go broody. The sign of going broody is a reluctance to leave the nest and getting irritated when you take her egg. Regardless of if it is the only one.

    Still even then its hard to say when a chicken will go broody. Or even if they will continue. If you want to try sure leave a clutch of say 6 eggs and see who tries to set on it. Then keep an eye on that one. Mark the eggs as you go so you know what ones are old and remove them after two weeks cause the embryo could be dead.

    OR you can use a set of eight golf balls. They don't know the difference. And then get them to go broody and then replacing the golf balls with eggs once she has become extra broody. A broody hen will lay almost flat on the nest spreading herself all over the eggs. Not up right as if she were laying.

    I know this sounds complicated but then so is a broody hen lol...

  3. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Nope, you can't force a hen to go broody it's a natural instinct that happens on it own. You will know if you are lucky enough to have a broody mom. She will let you know when collecting eggs.

  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    Try with the golfballs first so you don't risk spoiling eggs. Broodies can really be a pain but they are a blessing at the same time!

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