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How do I get a hen or two to go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sasquatch, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking of a small cage in the coop where she'll have a nest box, water, feed and enough room to poop. When she shows a little broodiness, I'll throw her in there. The roo has been taking care of business so we should be good that way. Unfortunately this week has been down to zero every morning.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You really can't make a hen go broody - you just have to wait until she gets there on her own. At this time of year, Mother Nature might tell her to wait until Spring so that the chicks don't enter into a harsh environment, although I've heard of hens going broody just recently.
     
  3. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is why I am picking up an LG as a back up. I want to get to where I am free from having to go out for chicks in the spring.

    With the economy being what it is we are going to produce every bit of food that we can at home. Even if I have to till up the whole dang yard!
     
  4. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buff Orpingtons are very broody hens. Some breed never
    really go broody.
     
  5. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several Hens that I think would happily sit if allowed. They are all Black Sex Links amazingly enough. The high rolling RIR line I have could care less about their eggs.
     
  6. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

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