how long does it take for a hen to become broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Burgard98, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Burgard98

    Burgard98 New Egg

    Apr 1, 2012
    Colchester, IL
    I have a flock of buff orpingtons and i am hoping to let a couple of hens brood. so far i have left eggs in one of the nest for about a week hoping for a hen to decide to brood them they just keep laying more eggs in the nest but no one is staying on the nest. How long does it take for hens to usually become broody?
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR

    Not all hens will become broody, but when they do, you will know it. They will sit on a golf ball if that's all that is in the nest.
  3. helomech

    helomech Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2012
    East Texas
    I have about 20 hens that are a year old, only 5 of them have ever went broody. 3 of them have gone broody twice and one has gone broody 3 times. They either will or they won't nothing you can do to make them go broody. That was one of the reasons I picked the Aurstralorps because they do go broody.
  4. I was wondering if chickens "get in the mood"? Lately, a few of my chickens have been hollering away that don't usually holler. They are not sitting on nests but walking around almost as if they are the rooster. Just

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