forcing broodiness--it worked

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mrs.Puff, May 9, 2008.

  1. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    I read an article in BYPoultry about forcing broodiness in a hen by enclosing her in a little box on top of some eggs/golfballs, then covering the box in black fabric. I tried this yesterday, and my hen was already broody by this morning. She already seemed interested in brooding, and I wanted her to get going with the whole business. She's an EE sitting on 5 of her own eggs, and 2 teeny little d'uccle eggs. woohoo!
  2. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    How interesting, Ihave never heard about doing that. How did you know she was "interested"?
    Keep us updated about how it goes.
  3. prariechiken

    prariechiken Songster

    Feb 9, 2007
    Whole corn also helps. Processing corn gives off heat, (great as a suppliment on them bitter cold days before roost), therefore causing the hen to get a "fever" such as the one they get when they go broody....glad your experiment worked out for you...lets see some baby pics in a couple of weeks...[​IMG]
  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    LOL I did this with success and I didn't even read the article. I had people think I was crazy when I would suggest it, but it's always worked for me.

  5. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    Well-- here's an update... She pooped out on the broodiness. I checked on her in the morning, and she wasn't even on the eggs. She was standing next to them and they were all cold. Oh well. I guess that's why they say to put the hen on fake eggs first, but I don't have any.

    She seemed broody because she enjoyed sitting on the nest, and whenever another hen ventured near, she freaked out and "screamed" at them. My other hen did the exact same thing when she went broody. Usually they just sit there.
    Last edited: May 12, 2008
  6. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Well that sucks! Sorry! [​IMG]

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