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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KYChixMama, May 2, 2011.
I've had a hen "go broody" on her own, but is it possible to encourage it in a hen? Just curious...
I encouraged my girls by putting 6 fake eggs in the nest. It worked, but I also have broody breeds.
That's what I did, starting back in late February or so. Every time I collected eggs, I left a ceramic egg until there was a big pile, I guess all 12 at one time. Next time I'd use different colored eggs as I almost tricked myself a few times and collected the fakes. Two hens started hanging out on the eggs for an hour or two after laying. So both were leaning toward getting broody and I think the alpha just decided she was top hen and so it was her right to sit on the eggs all the time. I think the days becoming longer also has something to do with it and make sure they have plenty of oyster shell.
thats how I encouraged mine - left the eggs - 10 in nest then I guess she decided it was time and has been "setting" since. they are buff orpingtons - out of 4 hens this was the youngest of the group...