increase hen broodyness?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Harlequin, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. Harlequin

    Harlequin Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2010
    is there any way to encourage hens to act broody? i have two that have before and i wonder what makes them want to be.
  2. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    let some eggs accumilate in there nest box or where ever they lay there eggs, they will probably just naturally go with there instincts and go broody
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2010
  3. geepy

    geepy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
    central FL
    Sorry, can't help ya, mine go broody at the drop of a hat. I guess it depends on the breed or hen. My girls are mixed and some are very broody and some just don't care.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Broodiness is purely and simply a hormonal thing. However, if a hen has gone broody before, she may very well do it again. Although some do not.

    Ya just can't schedule it.
  5. Harlequin

    Harlequin Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2010
    im not gonna try and force her. i just wanted to know how to make the circumstances right. i know its ultimately up to her [​IMG] i wouldnt be mean and lock her in a cage full of eggs. [​IMG]

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