How do I get my hen to be broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by killer_diller_chick, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. killer_diller_chick

    killer_diller_chick Out Of The Brooder

    I just got two young Delawares . One male , One female. I want her to hatch out her eggs in the spring. I believe that to be a good quality in a hen. How do I help her to be broody?
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Delawares are not a really broody bird. One will go broody from time to time, but most will never go broody.

    If yours is one that will go broody, then make sure she has a clean & quiet nest, plenty of good food, and keep her healthy.

    Some folks will leave fake eggs in a nest to help 'encourage' a hen, but I have always found that a broody inclined bird with go broody whether there are eggs in the nest or no eggs.

    Matt
     
  3. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a bantam and give her your Delaware's eggs to hatch out.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    or buy an incubator.
     
  5. wisefool

    wisefool Out Of The Brooder

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    My BO went broody after 27 weeks. How old are your hens?
     
  6. MariposaMama

    MariposaMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I second this. Get an incubator, hatch out a bunch of roo chicks and then your hen is sure to go broody, probably to hatch out more roo chicks. [​IMG]
     

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