jersey giant broody?

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  1. starrmar006

    starrmar006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering how can I get a jersey giant broody, they are a calm breed(which makes perfect mothers) they are egg layers, and they are big enough to have a LOT of chicks/ducklings. so does anyone know how to get them broody or any advice with them[​IMG]
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Depends on the line. If you source from a hatchery, broodiness will be hit or miss. If you get a hen from a breeder that selects for broodiness, odds are better.
    If you want to be sure of a decent broody hen, get a Cochin. Huge birds that can cover a lot of eggs, and are forever going broody.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    My Jersey Giants never went broody.
     
  4. allosaurusrock

    allosaurusrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed on Cochin.
     
  5. casportpony

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  6. starrmar006

    starrmar006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't get one until i get a hen broody (MY MOM SAID!)[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. casportpony

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  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    As was stated in your other thread, you really can't "make" a chicken go broody. Broodiness is hormonal - their body tells them it's time - we don't get to pick when it's going to happen. Some chickens will never go broody. Especially if you got them from a hatchery. Broodiness has been pretty much bred out of those birds. You can try putting fake eggs in a nest to see if one of your chickens might set on them (but don't get all excited thinking she's broody until she's been there day and night for at LEAST 3 days). It may work, it may not. You're going to have to be patient, or you and your mom may have to do some more research on how best to have chickens in a brooder with little to no odor. OR, if you have electricity in your coop or garage, you can brood chicks there. I'm in Minnesota where it's usually pretty cool yet in March and brooded 25 chicks right in my coop at the beginning of March. You can also check out this thread:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1133855/a-wool-hen-creating-one-today

    If it's not terribly cold where you live, you could maybe get by with brooding them in a coop, shed or garage and not in the house. I know that's more work than you wanted to put into raising chicks, but if you REALLY want them, that may be what you need to do if you get your mom's permission. If she says no until you get a broody, then you're just going to have to be patient. Hard to do, I know. Let us know if any of them go broody for you. I hope it happens.
     
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  9. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well its not IMPOSSIBLE but this is my first spring with my Jersey giant hens that are just about a year old not even. and one of them just went broody
    i got really lucky i guess since this breed normally doesn't go broody + shes also from an online hatchery
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    But you cant make a hen go broody your just going to have to hope for the best
     
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  10. allosaurusrock

    allosaurusrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you thought about buying an adult frequent broody? People often want to get rid of them.
     

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