How long till first time brooding?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Knight Hawk Ranch, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a RIR flock and since I don't have an incubator (or the $ to get one right now). I am anxiously awaiting for one or some of my girls to go broody.

    They have been laying consistantly now for about a month and half and are about 7 months old.

    Most are laying in the nest boxes provided and are free range during the day.

    Just wondering how much longer I have to wait until someone decides to 'sit'.

    Thanks,
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    RIR's are not known for their broodiness, they rarely ever go broody.
    Broodiness has been bred out of most strains.
     
  3. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would never have thought that. I have had RIRs in the past and have always had at least one (from smaller flock) go to sitting and hatch out the chicks. I just can't remember how old they were when they did it.
     
  4. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont get your hopes down.
    I got a good strong broody RIR one the nest right now!!

    She is only 10 months old.
    I did get her from Ideal though so she might not be a purebreed,but she is a dark mahogany color.

    She is a tight setter,i think 10 days now.
     
  5. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock came from Ideal also and look purebred....which is what I ordered.

    Is there anyway you can encourage a hen to sit?

    I have always just let them do their thing, the eggs where a bonus. I had the chickens for the 'bug patrol' around my horse barn.

    Now that I have eggs and have sold off my extra Roos, I have customers wanting more.
    My girls are at least paying for themselves in the egg department.
     
  6. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may be a coinsidence but the first broody i got was when i came back from a trip to the kiamichi mountains,the egg pile was backed up so i did have to chunk alot of eggs but a hen was setting on top of them,then she slep on them and i tossed all the eggs under her and put new ones under her.

    i dont know if the egg pile up made her go broody or not??

    I do know that my broody leghorn chicks has influenced 3 other hens to go broody..:mad:
     

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