How to get hens to brood & do I separate them?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Couchmo, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. Couchmo

    Couchmo Chirping

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    I WANT a couple hens to set. What are the best ways to encourage broodiness? Should I separate these hens from the rest of the flock? Any & all advice appreciated
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    First of all, what breeds do you have. Many breeds rarely go broody. Some feel that allowing a hen to accumulate a clutch will inspire broodiness. Generally you just have to wait until their hormones program them to set. Some allow hens to set in a flock environment. I prefer to have them set someplace where they can not be disturbed by flock mates.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hello..As mentioned some never go Broody. Certain breeds though definitely are prone to broodiness. I wait till my Hens start to Brood and commit for a bout 3 to 4 days. Then I crate her separate from the others or other Hens will deposit eggs in her nest too. Plus Broody Hens like privacy.
     
  4. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    Yeah, you can't make any hen go broody when you want them to. All mine decided to wait until the hottest time of the summer last year to go broody and I ended up with a LOT of rotten eggs. If that happens again this year, I'll just give them incubator babies.
     
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  5. Couchmo

    Couchmo Chirping

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    Right now I have Ameraucanas, Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, Production Reds, Highline Browns & a few incubator hatched mixed breeds. I’ve got some Wyandottes on the way. I currently have about 50 hens & roosters & they all free range together.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    All hatchery stock? The Orpington might go Broody for you.
     
  7. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    Your BAs and BOs have the best chance of going broody, but I've heard of chronically broody Ameraucanas.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I never had hatchery Birds go Broody for me. Only breeder stock from other Broody Hens.
     
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    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    I've had only 2 broody BOs from hatchery stock (out of 8 girls) one only went broody in her second summer. The first went broody at 7 months. I also had 1 leghorn go broody in her second year and raise 5 chicks for 4 months.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Yep..Some need to mature before they go Broody. I have a young Silkie with Chicks and she is only 9 months
     

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