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how do you get hen to go broody this time of year

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blueseal, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. blueseal

    blueseal Songster

    Jul 3, 2008
    would like my hen to hatch chicks in march or april instead of june. any ideas. my white rock and buff orp seem to go broody around may each year. would like it to be sooner wishful thinking i guess.

  2. spook

    spook Songster

    can you spell I n c u b a t o r [​IMG]

    Nature does its own thing in its own time, the only way you can really depend on a hatch is if you do it yourself.
  3. blueseal

    blueseal Songster

    Jul 3, 2008
    Quote:i here ya. my better half doesnt want chicks in the house with 3 cats. or i would hatch with incubator. no bigge i guess. i can wait till may for the broodys. been succesful last 2yrs hatching 8 each yr. with my white rock shes 3 yrs old now.
  4. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    Leave eggs in the nest will help.
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    better qustion is how do you make them stop?? I have had broodies all winter and still do.. Buff Orps..
    I always have aout 6 out of 55..

    Come to my house and I will GIVE you one..
  6. fasbendera

    fasbendera Songster

    Jan 30, 2009
    My dad used to put his best mom " a little yellow bantam" in a box with the eggs. She had enough room to set (the box was about the size of our nest box compartments). We would let her out to eat and stuff. He had a mesh lid of sorts on top and when she was setting on her own he took the lid off. I don't remember how long it took but it always worked. Some hens are more boody. We have 21 hens a wide assortment, only two of one kind, thanks mostly to a mix of pullets we got for free from an orchard by us that only wanted them for the kid draw, watch the cute chicks grow, not a winter burden. Our cochins seem to be the mothers and one black bantam hen.

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