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How do I get my hen to go broody?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gckiddhouse, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. gckiddhouse

    gckiddhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2008
    Desert Hills, AZ
    I love that all you people are chick hatching obsessed. I think you are all wonderful. However, I don't share that obsession. I thought that having chicks was fun, but a LOT of work!!! I don't have time for that again. I love my full grown, self feeding, egg giving, lovelies. I do want more chickens, though.
    How do i get more chickens? Well, I do have a rooster, but he isn't of a breed that I want. He and the hen that matches him are not nice. He is a good roo. He can stay, i just don't want his offspring.
    I don't like the idea of buying full grown chickens. I don't know where they've been, ya know?
    I could get older pullets, like 6-8 weeks. But I don't know about the whole quarantine process. I don't have the facilities for that.
    What I really want to do is get fertile eggs and have one of my hens do all that work in raising the little darlings.
    I have a BO who was spending about half the day in her box, screeching at anyone who dared open the door while she was there. But now she isn't really doing that. I was really hopeful. I tried putting all the eggs under her to see if she would set, but she left them.

    How do I get a half broody hen to go all the way?? Can it be done?? Help!
     
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Well good morning, from what I have been reading I don't think you can make them. I'm sure when someone else gets on here that knows more than me they can help you out. I think if you do a search you could find a lot of answers there. [​IMG]
     
  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Nope... I've never heard of anyone making a hen go broody. You just kind of have to wait for them to do it on their own. Having silkies and millies, I usually don't have to wait too long for one or another to go broody on me... [​IMG]
     
  4. gckiddhouse

    gckiddhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2008
    Desert Hills, AZ
    Do they go broody on one egg? I collect eggs every day. Should i leave her eggs out there or put dummy eggs in for her to feel like there is a whole clutch?

    Don't they go broody only when there is a clutch to start incubating. I know that they don't incubate until they have a clutch, right?[​IMG]
     
  5. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    i dont think you can make a hen go broody.
    i have heard some say you can though by isolating the hen in a dark box with a nest, leave her alone for a week or so.

    make sure she has food and water and a little room to strech. like i said i dont know if this will work but i have heard others say it will work
     
  6. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    cw-----------it DOES work, I have done it many of times..........
     
  7. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    how long do you have to leave them?
    (you the one with the red white blue, game roo?)
    will it work on all breeds?
     
  8. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    It all depends on the breed and the hen, some take a day or 2 and some can take a week or so. If you have a silkie, they will sit at the drop of a hat, some breeds are not sitters. I keep mutt banties just for sitting on eggs.

    Not me with the roo.
     
  9. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    what about plymouth rocks both barred and white? i heard both ways? some say they will never brood others say they cant stop em?
     
  10. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    From my past exp. most of your heavier breeds are not good setters, you will find a few that will, but they are not as good as the banty are. Just my exp...............
     

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