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How to I make my chicken go broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicken Charlotte, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Chicken Charlotte

    Chicken Charlotte Out of the Brooder

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    Hello I need help to make my chicken go broody any ideas and how to do it???
     
  2. Beth G.

    Beth G. Gaetano Family Farm

    Good Luck when you figure it out let me know [​IMG]
     
  3. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster 9 Years

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    You cant make her go broody. The closest thing I could say is if you let her lay eggs and keep them, then maybe when she has laid 9-10 eggs she might go broody on her own, but some never do.
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Unless you have a magic way to manipulate your hen's hormones, you cannot "make" her go broody.

    They either go broody or they don't, it's all up to their hormones, not anything WE can do about it.
     
  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    What kind of hen do you have? How old is she? Some breeds are often broody, some breeds almost never get broody, some tend to be more broody as they get older. I personaly don't know of any way to make one go broody. Maybe someone else here can help, I'm no expert, just raised chickens all my life.
    Terry
     
  6. GrannySue

    GrannySue Songster

    Quote:Hypnosis?
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  7. paddock36

    paddock36 Songster 9 Years

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    Quote:Hypnosis?
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  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

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    I don't know if there are any tried and true methods (i'm never short of broodiness around here for long, so i don't have to try). But i have read some people who will leave the hen in an enclosed space with nothing but a nest, food, and water, and let them keep their eggs. Some have reported good success with this method. It might be worth a shot.

    Though, if you don't have a broody-prone breed, it might be a waste of time.
     
  9. chickee

    chickee Songster

    If you want a broody you need to pick a breed that is known for being broody. I just promised two of my Blue Wyandotte hens that are known broodies to a BYC member who was looking for hens she could use to brood eggs for her. Most breeds are bred not be broody since they stop laying eggs and just take up nest space.
     
  10. Chicken Charlotte

    Chicken Charlotte Out of the Brooder

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    hello
    as soon as i wrote this i remembured that my chick went missing one night i told my next door neighboor (we have 6 chickens) then she went home and found my chicken then called out to me!! And she said she was broody i ran over and she was!!! she was sitting there making scary noises and puffing up and it was in fish ferns so i had to move it or she could get eaten now i dont have a rooster and underneeth her was 15 eggs (know wonder we have only been getting 5 a day) then we took her to a little cage i had not long made i knew it would come in handy and my next door neighboor gave me 5 ferterlized eggs for her to hatch because we dont have rooster and then i smellt the eggs and they were off!!! yuck i nearly chucket up and so did my freind never crack an off egg!!!
    regards charlotte .p.s. thanx for ur reaplys
     

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