How can I make a hen broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Gizzard, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Gizzard

    Gizzard Hatching

    Mar 14, 2009
    Asheville, NC
    Is there anything I can do to encourage a hen to sit on some eggs?
  2. I don't know, but if you figure it out, please tell the rest of us !
  3. KyleD.

    KyleD. Songster

    Feb 3, 2009
    south carolina
    from what i have understood from here on BYC hens go broody as a hormonial (spelling?) deal. you cant make them go broody buy simply leaving eggs or anything, it may help some but doesnt exactly encourage it. this is what i have understood...may be wrong may be right but my 2 cents.
  4. If you leave a few eggs(real or artificial) in the nest it may encourage her. If she does take the nest, after her setting a couple days, go to her in the dark and replace the dummy eggs with ones you want her to hatch.......Pop

    In responce to Kyle`s post, I have encouraged some of my Asil hens in the past by merely leaving 2 eggs in the nest. Asils are notoriously good broodies. After only laying 3-5 eggs an Asil can be talked into setting in this manner......Pop
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2009

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