Hopeful broody

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by comp6512, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. comp6512

    comp6512 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2008
    One of my hens started sitting longer in the nest. When she comes out, there is no new eggs. So she does not lay an egg, but just sits there.

    I would actually like her to try her hand at rearing chicks. Any way I can encourage her to sit? She does not sit 24x7 and goes on the roost at night.
  2. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I don't know of any way to encourage a hen to be broody. It's actually a hormonal condition. She just might be working up to it though. I'd say leave her alone while she's sitting on the nest, and see what happens.

    Good luck! They never seem to want to be broody when we want them to be broody...
  3. Panhanle RIR

    Panhanle RIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    Texas County, Oklahoma
    My dad just informed me when i showed up at work that my banty hen might be broody

    HOPEFULLY SHE IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    there are close to 7 eggs and i would love some more D'uccle's
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Until she stays on the nest through the night, she is not broody. I have had several hens that would sit on the nest for hours, but never went broody. Took me awhile, but now I have a broody that will be hatching her eggs next week. She's only 7 months old.

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