How do you get hens to sit?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ranger 45, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Ranger 45

    Ranger 45 In the Brooder

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    I have some hens that i want to get some chicks from. I currently take the eggs out of the nesting boxes every day if they are cold. If i doent do take the eggs out will this encourage them to sit on them.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:No, Going broody is a hormonal thing. They do it on their own timeline. What breeds do you have? Some types of hens will go broody easier than others.

    Good luck,
    Imp
     
  3. Ranger 45

    Ranger 45 In the Brooder

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    It appears i have all sexlinks. If u wanna c pictures of em all go to what breed or gender is this and find the post mystery roo!?!.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Sexlinks because of the fact that they have been selected and bred for maximum egg production are not a frequently broody breed. There are instances where sexlinks go broody, but that is more the exception than the rule. In a situation like yours, even the Broody Magician can not help.[​IMG]
     
  5. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Find a friend with a silkie - I think they go broody all the time. [​IMG]
     
  6. ray2310

    ray2310 Songster

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    We have a sexlink that goes broody about every 12 weeks but she was the only one out of 20. Yesterday one of our Buckeye hens went broody. Just in time too. We picked up 2 doz Buckeye and 1 doz americauna fertile eggs tonight. So 30 to the incubator and 6 to the broody.
     
  7. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

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    Just think to yourself 'my chickens won't go broody this year' and your chickens will read your mind and go broody [​IMG]
     
  8. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Quote:Sounds like it's worth a try. [​IMG]
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Do something to tick Sourland off. [​IMG]
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    [​IMG] Gritty, in this situation I'm not sure that even I could work my magic.[​IMG]
     

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