How do I "persuade" my hens to go broody again?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ZooMummzy, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    It truly is Murphy's Law: you spend months breaking your hens from being broody....then when you want your hens to be broody, they refuse.

    My house chickens, a Silkie and the hen she hatched out last year, a Serama, have been broody together on and off since the Spring. I finally break down and order 8 Serama eggs (they will be arriving today or tomorrow) for them. What happens over the weekend? Both of them decide they no longer want babies [​IMG] I have done everything I can think of to encourage the behavior I spent the last 6 months breaking but no luck. I cleaned their cage, I left the eggs they've laid, I've begged, pleaded and groveled....nothing. I'm in the process of trying to track down a bator (just in case and given Murphy's Law, as soon as I locate one, they will go broody) but does anyone else have persuasive techniques I can employ?

    AND, how long can I leave the eggs set before they will go bad? This is only my 3rd hatch so I'm still learning. The eggs are fresh, collected over the past week and shipped out Saturday morning. This seller packs eggs really well (out of 30 eggs I received from her last December, 27 hatched) so I'm not too worried about the shipping - just how long I can leave them without a bator or broody.
     
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  2. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatchability begins to decrease at day 14: for shipped eggs you can safely assume it happens more rapidily.
     
  3. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Thank you, that is good to know. It sounds like I need to do something by the weekend or forget it.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I'd start shopping for an incubator. I'm afraid that if they've finally given up they are done until they make up their minds to set again. Nature travels it's own course. Leaving some eggs in their nest may spark the idea, but I'm seriously doubtful.
     
  5. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    That is exactly what I did today. It is just a simple one bought at the local feed store but lots of customers were there (appreciation night) and said they have great hatches using it. We shall see!
     
  6. Baralak

    Baralak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try a little wine... Soft music, some flowers.. oh... nevermind.. Yes Bator those eggs.
     
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:[​IMG]
     
  8. thaokou21

    thaokou21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what you need to do is get them fat. when they get fat, they will want to lay eggs. and when they lay enough, they will go broody. If you just keep feeding them layer feeder, they made never want to go broody because the layer feeder will just make them wanting to lay eggs and not broody.
     
  9. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL. This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read!!!!!!!!!!!

    Layer feed has nothing to do with prohibiting broodiness.
    Being fat will STOP a hen from laying.
    Being fat has nothing to do with broodiness.
     
  10. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Well, I don't know the validity behind the statement but I do know that these two girls are the most spoiled (fat) chickens I have. They live inside in a cushy cage with all the trimmings. I'm pretty sure they are just being stubborn [​IMG] They'll come around probably about the time my bator hatches out the chicks and they hear all that chirping lol.
     

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