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How to make a hen go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nickellmama27, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. nickellmama27

    nickellmama27 In the Brooder

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    Hi! We just got our 7 one year olds and they came from a house with a rooster. How do I get someone to go broody?
     

  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

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    You cannot make a hen go broody, unfortunately. It is totally dictated by hormones and if one goes broody it will only be when her hormones tell her to. You can do things to possibly encourage it such as leaving some eggs in a nesting box but there's no way to guarantee a hen will decide to sit.

    What breeds are your hens? Some are much more likely to go broody than others. Some breeds have had the trait virtually eliminated from them.

    If you want to hatch eggs on command, you'll need an incubator. You have about three weeks before the eggs are no longer fertile.
     
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  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    ^^^^ This.
     
  4. AimeeDx

    AimeeDx In the Brooder

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    I agree with pyxis,
    But if I want a hen to go broody, i place a large amount of fake eggs where they lay, and often one does go broody there, but when she does, make sure to switch the fake eggs with real ones!
     
  5. nickellmama27

    nickellmama27 In the Brooder

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    Ok that's what I read! I'll try some fake eggs and see if I can. The rooster they came from being with is half dark brahma and half maran and sooo pretty
     
  6. nickellmama27

    nickellmama27 In the Brooder

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    I have a welsummer, buff Orpington, gold and silver laced Wyandotte, blue EE, black Australorp, Dominique
     
  7. Penguino1

    Penguino1 In the Brooder

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    Your buff orpington should be your best bet.
     

  8. nickellmama27

    nickellmama27 In the Brooder

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    She was broody in December!
     
  9. nickellmama27

    nickellmama27 In the Brooder

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    So should I mark eggs and leave in the nest? Or get fake eggs
     
  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    I would get fake eggs. They can sit in the nest box indefinitely and you won't be wasting good eggs.
     

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