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How do you make hen broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aritor23, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. aritor23

    aritor23 In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2007

    Is there a way to make a hen go broody?

    I have Buff Orpingtons who have gone broody in the past, but I want to hatch out some more chicks.

    I was just wondering if there was any way to make one go broody. If not I'll try an incubator.

    Thanks for your help,

  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    You could try adding one golf ball to the most used nest box, while removing the eggs, to create a stash. This might trigger one to go broody. But, in case you hadn't noticed, hens tend to do what they want to do, period. [​IMG] So while you're adding golf balls (leaving eggs could cause them to get broken and start a whole nother problem), I would be warming up the bator.
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Oh, one other thing,

    [​IMG] Welcome to BYC!!!!!!!

    Last edited: Oct 21, 2007
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Yes, welcome to BYC....I agree with Becky...I have tried to get lots of hens to go broody but can't...they do there own thing just like a woman!...if she don't want tooo she won't...Sometimes if you have a hen to go broody and want to keep her that way (which I feel is hard on them)...you can keep fake eggs in the nest box til you set her on a clutch of fertile eggs....my two cents.....A back up plan with an incubator is the way to go....
  5. aritor23

    aritor23 In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2007
    Thank you,

    I guess I'll try the gulf ball thing, but I have a friend I'm going to buy some eggs from. My mom has used and incubator before, but this is my first time.
    We'll see how that goes.


  6. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
  7. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    I must have gotten lucky because it was extremely easy the time I did it. I think it helps a great deal to have the hen you want to use in isolation from other hens and bothersome roosters, however.
    I let a couple of eggs collect in the nest, and then replaced those with wooden eggs, then substituted the one the hen laid each day with wooden eggs. After there were about five in the nest she showed definite interest in hanging out there. When there were enough in the nest, I slipped fertilized eggs under her, and then pretty much left the job up to her. She spent increasing amounts of time on the nest, and had 100% hatch on the 21st day!
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I don't think its possible to "make" a hen go broody.
    Some breeds are prone to go broody, others are not, so that is a factor also.

    Give the incubator a try, it won't be nearly as grouchy as a broody hen! [​IMG]
  9. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    I meant to add to my other post - I'm pretty sure that buff Orpies are easy to encourage to go broody.

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