Encouraging broodiness?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by newchickiemom48, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. newchickiemom48

    newchickiemom48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Want to try getting a few babies this year. Would like to try natural way first. My book says they need a clutch of about 8 eggs before they sit and to use plastic eggs to get them started. I tried last week to put 3 of their eggs into a very fluffy nest, hoping somebody would sit on them, but when I came out later they were gone. Any suggestions on this? Clueless new mom.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I’m not sure what you are asking. Is it about getting a hen to go broody or is it about the eggs disappearing?

    If you are talking about getting a hen to go broody, I’ve tried that a couple of times and it did not work. Added a fake egg a day until I had a dozen, then left them for a couple of weeks. Some people are convinced it does work. Hens go broody because of hormones. Some hens, especially production breeds, have had a lot of the broodiness bred out of them. This is just my opinion, but I think if you have a hen thinking about going broody it might help, but it has to be in the nest she uses. If she is not thinking about it, I don’t think it helps. I’ve had hens go broody with no eggs in the nest.

    If those eggs disappeared you need to figure out why. A hen can’t hatch eggs if something is taking them.
     
  3. newchickiemom48

    newchickiemom48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering mostly about the broodiness. I think the hens are eating their own eggs. They have done it before. Not sure exactly why. Their feed is the highest protein content, they have fresh water, and I use the osyter shell in their feed. Not sure if it is behavioral or if there is a fixable reason for it. Maybe it was because I relocated the eggs from the floor to a nester box? I will try the fake eggs in the corner where they like to lay. Thanks for your reply.
     

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