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Inducing broodiness

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by moodlymoo, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a way? I would like to order some eggs next year and wanted to have one of my hens brood them. Is there a way to do this if none of my hens are broody?
     
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
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    I don't believe there is a way to induce broodiness, unfortunately!
     
  3. SpunkyChicken

    SpunkyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your best bet would be to raise a breed that is known for going broody. My cochins do it ALL the time... of course it sucks because I don't need them to incubate eggs for me, and they're not laying at all during that time!
     
  4. DAFox

    DAFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some breeds are noted for going broody. What breeds do you have?

    Last year, my old chicken tractor had a community nest. I had 7 broody hens for the year The chickens moved into a regular shed style coop last fall. I used rubbermaid totes on the floor for nest boxes. I have been having non-stop broodies since late winter. Quite a few of them have been broody 3-4 times. I currently have 3 broodies sitting on golf balls -- a Jersey Giant who is on her 4th time this year, a Barred Holland for her 1st for the year -- but was broody last year, and an Amerucauna for her 1st time ever. A leghorn x Austalorp is still with her chicks that she brooded. The same JG as above and a leghorn x EE were the other incubating hens for that batch. I don't have enough room to let every broody raise chicks.

    It helps to have breeds that will go broody easily. A good nesting set up is somewhat important and I find that leaving a large number of eggs in the nest encourages hens to become broody.

    Dale-Ann
     
  5. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Leaving eggs in the egg boxes, whether real or fake may encourage them, but , as broodiness relates to a hormonal change, it cannot be guaranteed.

    I keep Brahmas and they are also a very broody lot. I have broodies for about 8 months of the year.
     

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