how can i get one hen to go broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenreyna, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. chickenreyna

    chickenreyna Songster

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    Ok i read up on it... I tried the whole dummy eggs.. plastic easter eggs with tried it. No success. I have two brown sex links.. two easter eggers, one oegb and one two year-old buff orphington, (apparently from what I have researched I will have best chances at her going broody) any more tips or tricks I can try????
     
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Crowing

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    Patience. The OEGB and the orpington will probably both do a nest late spring, at the peak of laying season, and then refuse to give you eggs for the remainder of the year.
     
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    sylviethecochin Crowing

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    And if you're truly desperate, get a cochin bantam. Those guys are nuts.
     
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    N F C back in a few!

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    Sex links aren't particularly a broody sort. Buff Orps are, but I don't believe you can "make" one go broody when you want it to...she'll do it when she's good and ready.
     
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    N F C back in a few!

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    Lol, that's what I've heard! Sounds like you have some experience with them.
     
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    I know plus my sexlinks were once battery chicks no way possible they will go broody. Lol sexlinks rarely go broody and dont produce healthy offspring i heard?
     
  7. chickenreyna

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    My friend has a Mexican hen who went broody was a grear mother too
     
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    Great*
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Not all Orpington go broody either....I have Orpington...Only two are hormonal enough to Brood...I also have a Silkie cross that is my Best Broody...Get a Silkie to Brood your Chicks..Excellent Mothers...
     
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    Oh, yes. My Sylvia is three weeks into raising her second brood of chicks this year--and she's about a year old. She hatched her first set before she was seven months old. Hard-core brooding instincts, right there. And it's not uncommon.

    My OEGBs regularly raise nests, but not more than one a year, and they're much flightier mothers. In the past year, out of three silkies, one went broody and raised nine out of eleven (one got lost, one just died) one abandoned her nest (I think I'm going to blame our recent thriving rat population for that) and one didn't even think about it.
     
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