Getting a hen to set

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenman111, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. I have several Dominique and Rhode island red hens. Their already laying and I would like to try getting a few hens to set. are the Dominiques better at hatching or the Rhode island reds? Any tips on getting them to set ?


    P.S. What would be the best time of year to hatch eggs. I live in Northern Alabama to give you an idea of the weather.


  2. lucyharper123

    lucyharper123 Chirping

    Dec 16, 2012
    well hens are unpredictable of going broody but you can encorage it by not lifting the eggs (so they build up a batch of eggs).
    the weather over their is probally sun,sun,sun unlike rainy scotland! so i think you will be okay with letting them set around this time right now right up to october. if you want more info go to the learning center>hatching eggs&and raising chicks > broody hens. Good luck!! :)
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    It's hormonal. You really can only suggest it by leaving a clutch and see if it triggers the behavior. Normally? The hen alone decides when or if she is ever going to go broody.
  4. Thanks

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