Hens that will not sit.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by markfish8, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. markfish8

    markfish8 New Egg

    Apr 11, 2009
    I have two RIred hens that will not sit. They are two years old and they will fill there boxes up,but will not sit.
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    They were bred to be production birds. Most of the broodiness has been bred out. If you want to hatch their eggs with a hen, instead of an incubator, you may need to buy a hen that is more likely to go broody. RIR's can go broody, but don't hold your breath. Get a couple of silkie hens. They go broodie more often and will sit on the RIR eggs for you.
  3. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Some just aren't broody
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    Get them a good book? Glass of wine maybe? That always works for me [​IMG]
    lol no really, wrong breed for that, mine barely sit still long enough to drop the egg. You need a broody or an incubator.
  5. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Standard Cornish, (not Cornish X meat birds) light Brahmas, Australorps, Cochins, Old English game, Dorkings, Aracaunas, and a lot of the bantams tend to be very broody. You need a breed not bred for high egg production, they tend to have broodiness bred out almost completely. You can keep your RIR's and add a couple of the broody types, and stick any eggs you want under them, when they go broody.

    Put a bunch (4 or 5) fake eggs, golfballs or some such, in a nest when you get some of the broody types, and then wait. When one gets broody, she'll latch on to that nest, and won't want to get off of it. Then you can take out the fake eggs, mark the eggs you want her to hatch, and put them under her. Mark them, so when other hens add more eggs you'll know which they are and can remove them. Or move her to an isolated area where the others will leave her alone.

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