Encouraging a broody chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KDOGG331, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    So I'm assuming it's not possible to "make" or "force" a chicken to go broody but are there ways to encourage it?

    I've been thinking about maybe hatching some chicks or buying a few more, preferably hatching, just for fun and the experience. I was going to get an incubator but since I'm getting a camera for my birthday and incubators are expensive, I've decided to just rely on the mercy of my chickens and hope for a broody hen LOL

    Soooo how do I encourage it?

    I had one got broody in the fall but I broke her after a few days (I thought she'd give up on her own) so I'm hoping I can get one to go broody again? That was pretty young too since I only got them fall 2015.

    I should note I'm not in any hurry to have a broody hen or hatch, if I don't get one or hatch anything, I'll be fine. I just think it would be so cool to go through the whole incubating and hatching process and everything, although I guess I'd be able to see the process and growth better in an incubator with candling?

    I also want to add a few breeds too. But if there's not room, I'll gladly sell the chicks, I mostly just want the experience.

    Anyway, sorry for rambling haha but basically, long story short, is there a way I can encourage broodiness? Maybe fake eggs in the boxes? Although I'm not sure that would work cause just yesterday I collected 25 eggs that I'd forgotten to collect for a few days, and I've done that before and no one has gone broody as of yet....

    Yet when I didn't collect in the fall, she would jump on it.

    Maybe it's just not time yet?

    I have 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers. The one that went broody was one of the Orpingtons. They came from Meyer Hatchery if that matters.

    I might wait until I move them to the new coop, maybe the nice big dark boxes will encourage them :lau
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    In my experience, it happens when it happens. It is very likely that the hen that went broody last year will repeat. You might try leaving 2 or 3 nest eggs in one of the nest boxes. Some feel that the 'building' of a clutch may encourage a hen to go broody. Good luck. A broody with chicks is fun to watch.
     
  3. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks sour, good to know she might possibly go broody again! I guess I'll just have to wait and see.
     

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