Help getting Broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fuzzerd, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. fuzzerd

    fuzzerd Hatching

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    We want atleast one batch of chicks this year, but nobody seems to be broody! Is there any way to incourage or fource broodyness?
     
  2. milleryardchx

    milleryardchx Songster

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    I'm in the same boat you are i tried leaving golf balls in the nest box but to no luck. I ended up making a homemade incubator.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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  4. ERayR

    ERayR Hatching

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    Quote:None that I know of. We used to keep a couple of banty hens around because it seems they are always broody. Just replace the banty eggs with what you want hatched. Works real well. I have even hatched duck eggs that way. However you must make sure chickens do not have lice as the lice will kill the ducks.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    ERayR is right, you can put whatever eggs you want under a broody.

    Also, other breeds and more or less likely to go brood; all my breeds were chosen partly because they at least sometimes do. Henderson's tells the likelihood for different breeds, though I don't know how accurate this is:

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    The most dependable breeds are listed in the Broody article, though. I had 3 Kraienkoppes and all were broody.
     

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