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How to get a hen to be broody?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken+quail=luv, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    Strawberry fields.
    i want to hatch fertile eggs under my hen, but she is not broody. how can i get her to be broody?

    (P.S. i have no roo, if that helps.)

    I know she would make a great mom! [​IMG]
  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    First off, you don't need a roo to make her go broody. It is a natural instinct that can be triggered by the environment or hormones. It also depends on the breed she is, some breeds go broody more than others. What kind is she?
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Some say you can make a hen go broody, but you can't natural make a hen be broody, its a hormone thing, when its time she will. Wont be when you want her to. Also like Year of the Rooster said some go broody more often, some dont at all. I have about 30ish BR's that have NEVER gone broody and silkies that go broody every week !!

    As far as the eggs go you would have to buy some fertile eggs for her to sit on, or get a rooster so you would have you own fertile eggs !!
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2008
  4. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Though one broody hen will sometimes make another hen go broody, kind like female roommates or females in one human family who cycle together. And I don't mean bikes.
  5. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    and I dont mean bikes

    thats funny ... [​IMG] I know what you mean [​IMG]
  6. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    Strawberry fields.
    she is a sexlink chicken.

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