How to encourage a Hen to go broody

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  1. nippo

    nippo New Egg

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    Hi, I'm wanting to hatch some ply rock chicks. Only problem is I don't have a broody hen. Has anyone got some tips to help this problem. And incase your wondering, at the moment I have mature Golden laced wyandotte bantams, Black silkies and Orpingtons.
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    If you want to only hatch naturally then you need a huge number of hens and most or all of them laying so that you will always have a hen going broody. Sorry. Broody hens start siting as a response to the number of eggs she has laid.
     
  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd just be patient, if you have silkies you have all you need really lol

    Our silkie goes broody on a very regular basis. Just give it time and one will go broody with no help at all if they are anything like our one.
     
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    rockinpaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  6. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also try keep some fake eggs in the nest
     
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  8. nippo

    nippo New Egg

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    Hi, as BrendaJ said, I'll just keep some fake eggs in the nest. Hopefully it works.
    Thanks for all the replies.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Not all silkie hens go broody but, probably a majority of them do. They'll do it when they are ready, tho having other broody around seems to trigger it in other hens.
     

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