How can I make my chickens broody?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenboy2001, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. chickenboy2001

    chickenboy2001 Out Of The Brooder

    43
    7
    34
    Aug 19, 2012
    Hillsborough, NC
    As hatching time comes around, I have no broody hens. Is there a way I can make my hens broody?

    Thanks,
    Chickenboy
     
  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    4,210
    455
    328
    Apr 8, 2008
    Ohio
    Nope. There's not really anything you can do.

    You can TRY putting some wooden eggs into the nest box, so there's always something to sit on. I've heard that can help. But that's certainly not going to cause a hen to go broody. Instead, it's more a support of a hen that already has broody tendencies.

    What breeds of birds do you have? Some varieties are likely to go broody, some are very unlikely. Individuals within breeds will vary.
     
  3. arcy liger

    arcy liger Chillin' With My Peeps

    174
    2
    78
    Jul 6, 2012
    leave some eggs in nest boxes and see their chest feathers if their shreading she is going to be broody
     
  4. Brandi Leigh

    Brandi Leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good advise!
     
  5. Wish it was possible!
     
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    4,840
    1,513
    366
    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Broodiness depends on the amount of daylight, the breed, and if the Gods are lined up correctly.

    I do not add artificial light, however, I have often had a hen go broody mid May to end of June, so much so, that I have ordered chicks to come at the time period, hoping I get a broody hen.

    in March or so, there will be a lot of people getting broody hen, and I once asked them, do you add light, and they all had. Those of us in the northern part on the US, have very short days for the winter,

    When the daylight hours are getting pretty long, I will pile up some fake eggs, sometimes it has helped, kind of sorta, but you cant just make a hen go broody. I have no science to this, but if one has enough daylight, and the right breeds, then I think it also kind of helps if they have been raised by a broody hen....???? But I know my first ones were not,

    MrsK
     
  7. chickenboy2001

    chickenboy2001 Out Of The Brooder

    43
    7
    34
    Aug 19, 2012
    Hillsborough, NC
    I have a buff orp hen and rooster, a d'uccle bantam hen and rooster, three easter egger hens, and a salmon faverolle hen.
     
  8. NosiphoChooks

    NosiphoChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    640
    22
    118
    Nov 2, 2012
    I believe orpingtons have a tendancy to go broody and make good mommas! Who wouldn't want to snuggle down to sleep under that fluffy tummy!
     
  9. luvmyEs

    luvmyEs Chillin' With My Peeps

    171
    2
    101
    Dec 9, 2011
    North Carolina
    Get silkies [​IMG]. My silkies sat on fake eggs for 4 months straight until it got cold because I just refused to let them hatch anymore. They spent the whole summer raising chicks. Once the chicks hatched, mom would stay with them for 5-7 weeks and then be broody again.
     
  10. I had 5 silkie hens at once.... Not one went broody... EVER!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by