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How can I Make My hen go Broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by WhiteCochinLover, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. melodym78

    melodym78 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2011

    [​IMG] Worked for me....I have little Reba my bantam black cochin hen sitting on her third batch now!
  2. leggomyegg0

    leggomyegg0 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 21, 2011
    I don't think you can... they go when they want to and not before!
    I got a flock of 15 brahmas.... not a broody one among them... so much for having a broody breed, LOL...

    Gamehens are supposed to be pretty broody, and can hatch more eggs than a silkie... might be worth a try.
  3. billfields

    billfields Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2009
    East Tennessee
    I dunno.....we've had incubators for what, 100 years or so and hens for tens of thousands. Seems the hens did pretty well before the incubators? [​IMG]
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  4. Remudamom

    Remudamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've got silkies and they love to brood. Do you have a breed that tends to go broody? I encourage mine by placing an animal carrier in the coop and I'll cover it with a towel to make it nice and dark. Sometimes I'll use golf balls for fake eggs so I don't have to worry about eggs.

    It's always worked, and once they stay overnight I pull out the balls or dummy eggs and put in the real ones I've been gathering. I attach food and water cups to the door of the carrier and once a day I scoop out her poop. This only works if the carrier is big enough for the hen to be comfortable, she has to have room.

    Anyhow, I love this method because I can move the hen around without bothering her if I need too, the others can't bother her, if the coop gets really hot in the summer I can move her where she'll get a breeze and she's pretty safe from predators too.

    My silkie that is just now hatching is in a carrier. When the babies have had 24 hours I'll move them out.

    I hate using an incubator.
    Last edited: May 29, 2012
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    One of my RIW's is sitting on eggs right now. I have to take her off the nest once a day so she will eat, drink and poop otherwise she won't get off. As soon as I unblock the nest she is back on it in a flash.
    Last edited: May 29, 2012
  6. jed2012

    jed2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2012
    West Valley City, Utah
    my hens respect me too much to do that! [​IMG]
  7. jed2012

    jed2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2012
    West Valley City, Utah
    my hens respect me too much to do that! [​IMG]
  8. jed2012

    jed2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2012
    West Valley City, Utah
    oops! did it 2X! [​IMG]
  9. mistressangyl

    mistressangyl Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2012
    NC USA
    I just left about four eggs in their nest and when she got to ten eggs she sat.... six out of ten hatched giving me five girls and one roo.... now i have seven girls and two roos of the Barred Rock type so cute so fun and worth the wait
  10. Guccibirds423

    Guccibirds423 Chillin' With My Peeps


    I love that bird in your avatar. He is gorgeous! I want one. What kind is he? I want some eggs. You have more pictures of him?

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