encouraging broodiness

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by exop, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. exop

    exop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, I have some incubator heated eggs due to hatch in the next week, and had several broody hens who were happily sitting in the nesting box until just last week. I planned to put the new chicks under a broody hen, as usual (I have some very good moms), but voilĂ ! Suddenly the moms are all up and about.

    Any suggestions for how best to persuade one or more of these derelictors to resume her nesting duties?

    Best - exop
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010
  2. nordahlbunch

    nordahlbunch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For my daughters science project (we needed a broody hen) we turned on a light in the coop to lengthen the daylight hours and put about 10 store bought eggs in a nest. Within a few days, we had a broody hen. We then replaced the store bought eggs with fertile eggs. But it also depends on the hen. Good luck!
     

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