I feel ashamed...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SkyWarrior, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    I read these posts about people and their broody hens, and feel as though I wear a scarlet letter, announcing to the world the terrible truth:

    I have no broody hens.

    Yes, while those of you cluck and preen over your hens' obvious broodiness, I look at my hens and they give me the stink-eye.

    "You want to sit on your eggs..." I say, using my Jedi powers.
    "Rawawaak!" my hen says and pecks if I get too close.
    Ah hah! I think. She's gone broody.

    Then, she lays her egg and leaves the nest, never to return.

    Was it something I said? Did I raise my chicks wrong? Do they need counseling? (Do I need counseling?) Is it Sid the llama? The geese next door? What?

    I am so ashamed.
  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Songster

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    No broodies for me either.... maybe we should start the club of shame.....
  3. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    You must not have the right breeds. Right now I have broody silkies, cochins, and a black australorp.
  4. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Quote:Oh sure, rub it in! [​IMG]

    I have: EEs, BO, BRs, RIRs, BBSM, BSO, BSL. Sigh. You'd think the Orps or the EEs would sit, but no.....
  5. DancingHen

    DancingHen Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    My Orps have never gone broody. My silkie seems to be broody all the time though. Maybe you need to add a silkie or cochin to your flock?
  6. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    LMAO. Funny post! I know what you mean though, as I was three years into chicken keeping before I got a broody bird.

    Maybe you need to select a broody breed to increase your chances. If you don't fancy Silkies, try Cochins.
  7. luvinrunnin

    luvinrunnin Songster

    May 12, 2011
    Now that made me giggle!!! We have SLW, and they have NEVER gone broody either. Pffftttttt.........dang chickens. And they would obviously have to be fertile if I were to judge by the nakedness of the hens' backs'. [​IMG]
  8. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Or Brahmas.....every one of my 7 went broody this summer.....4 at a time. I had to ration eggs as I don't want a population explosion.
  9. Swissmiss989

    Swissmiss989 Songster

    Jun 5, 2011
    X.x I have a frizzel who's Queen of the flock and she is about 2 years old. She does not lay eggs but out of the blue went broody. Its a mess shes a whole 7 inches tall (on her tip toes) and shes hording ALL of the eggs my Goldstars, BA, and the other random breeds I have. I found 13 under her featherless butt. My girls are so messed up because my frizzel kicks them out of the nest boxes I find eggs all over the place! I would so let you borrow her to show your gals a thing or two.
    (more history behind my adopted frizzel (and pics) posted in the stories area under "in the red corner")
  10. tigerrrrrrrlilly

    tigerrrrrrrlilly Songster

    Mar 27, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    You can get a super broody (silkie), broodiness is contagious... lol

    Are you leaving the eggs alone or are you taking them once you see them leave? If you let some eggs pile up it may increase your chances because most birds wait until they feel they have a decent clutch before they start to incubate, that is if they are in a comfortable enough environment to hatch babies ie: weather, space, privacy, etc..
    It may work. [​IMG]

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