how to make a hen go broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by farmergal, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. farmergal

    farmergal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read lots of posts about breaking hens of broodiness... but is there any way to encourage a hen to go broody? I just bought a couple of silkies hoping that they would be my natural incubators, and I'm wondering if I have to just wait and see, or if there's some trick to encouraging them to set eggs.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Wait and see. We thought we had a RIR going broody so we put some golf balls under her.

    She was off of the nest today and just deposited one of her own with the balls.

    Let nature take it's course.

    God speed.
     
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    There is no way to force Broodiness, but you have just bought the best natural incubators there are, be patient. In a few months your next post will be how to break them of that, the love to go broody.

    AL
     
  4. jokker1978

    jokker1978 Out Of The Brooder

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    for a silkie just let the eggs colect and they will sit on them ... that what a local lady here uses ... she said they are better than her best incubator
     

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