Is there any way to encourage broody ness

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Panhanle RIR, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Panhanle RIR

    Panhanle RIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 13 eggs from my Mille FLuer D'uccle/Leghorn hen and roo and i want either my Naked Necks or my Wyandotte hen to sit they are both supposed to be broody breeds but nothing since may (my wyandotte went broody in may)
     
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    Panhanle RIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] anyone
     
  3. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wondered the same thing- anyone?? From what I've read before- I believe it is hormone driven- so is there something we can do to "encourage" the hormone that creates broodiness?
     
  4. CityClucks

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    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Cityclucks- [​IMG] thats a great thread!
     
  6. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Try leaving the eggs in the nest boxes for a few days. No more than a week though. The instinct of a hen is to lay a full clutch, then brood. So leaving the eggs in the nest may encourage her.
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:In my experience, this doesn't work. It may help it along if you already have a girl in the mood, but I've had up to 30 eggs pile up in 4 boxes several times with nobody going broody. (we were out of town, so the eggs didn't get collected while we were gone)
     
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    Quote:In my experience, this doesn't work. It may help it along if you already have a girl in the mood, but I've had up to 30 eggs pile up in 4 boxes several times with nobody going broody. (we were out of town, so the eggs didn't get collected while we were gone)

    I guess the only reason it worked for me was because all my broody birds have been Silkies [​IMG]
     
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    Quote:In my experience, this doesn't work. It may help it along if you already have a girl in the mood, but I've had up to 30 eggs pile up in 4 boxes several times with nobody going broody. (we were out of town, so the eggs didn't get collected while we were gone)

    I guess the only reason it worked for me was because all my broody birds have been Silkies [​IMG]

    Ah well, you said the magic word..................Silkie. [​IMG] I don't think it's too difficult to get them to go broody. [​IMG]
     
  10. Urbanfarmerkc

    Urbanfarmerkc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:In my experience, this doesn't work. It may help it along if you already have a girl in the mood, but I've had up to 30 eggs pile up in 4 boxes several times with nobody going broody. (we were out of town, so the eggs didn't get collected while we were gone)

    It does work but the eggs have to accumulate over more than a few days. If you'll add a fake egg every day for about a week or maybe two, they will go broody if going broody is in their make up. Just FYI, leghorns have been breed NOT to go broody.

    The weather also has something to do with this. If it is turning cooler only the MOST die hard hens will go broody. Otherwise, not a chance.

    Dave
     

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