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Going broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gaited horse, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Is there a way I can get a hen to go broody? I found out one of my RIR hens is a rooster (He hasn't crowd the whole time I've had him) and I would like to get a few babies out of him.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Afraid not. You could try leaving a group of fake eggs or golf balls in a nest but it's not likely it will work. If you're just figuring out you have a roo, they may be a little young for broodiness, too. If you're going to keep the roo, maybe you'll get one in a few months or next year, if you're lucky. Henderson's says they are an infrequent brooder.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    As stated above, you can try to "tempt" them with a full nest, but that's kinda a crapshoot.
    What would your plan be for any cockerals you hatch out? That needs to be part of your breeding plan. Trust me, finding them a "good home" is very hard.
  4. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Quote:Funny story about this roo. I've had him two years since he was a day old he never crowd (smart) he has tiny wattles but he is growing some nice spurs. That could be why my hens have bald backs in spring through summer. If I hadn't seen his spurs yesterday I would of never belived it. I had a BO go broody twice this year so far.

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