just go broody, man

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by raymondjames, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. raymondjames

    raymondjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody know methods to make hens go broody? I hear its a hormonal condition sparked by the same hormones that trigger ovulation in humans, but is there any way to cause it?
     
  2. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    No, I don't think you can make a hen go broody, at least from what i have read and learned.
     
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  3. Manningjw

    Manningjw Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Doesnt having a large clutch of eggs make it likely she will go broody to hatch them?
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:No, not unless she is a breed which is more likely to go broody than other breeds. And even that isn't a solid yup. Some folks have never had a broody hen, ever, and their flocks have "the broodiest" breeds of hens in 'em.

    It is totally individual, from within, not from anything exterior to the hen.
     
  5. Manningjw

    Manningjw Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Quote:No, not unless she is a breed which is more likely to go broody than other breeds. And even that isn't a solid yup. Some folks have never had a broody hen, ever, and their flocks have "the broodiest" breeds of hens in 'em.

    It is totally individual, from within, not from anything exterior to the hen.

    Simply because of selective breeding that has removed the "broodiness" from the natural fowl they are derived from? In the wild they wait till they have a clutch then "go broody" correct?

    I understand what you are saying, they would still need to have the "broodiness". I imagine having a large clutch would help trigger to some extent still correct?
     
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  6. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    went broody, ugh I do not have a large coop, and it's winter here. Also I have no roosters so what do ido with chicks in the winter with out a extra coop?
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Nope. I have a lot of the "broody" breeds. (not silkies or cochins though - they are the most broody) We go out of town in the summer sometimes. I've come home to over 30 eggs in the coop and it never made anyone go broody.

    You can't make them go broody until they want to be broody.
     
  8. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    raymondjames, as has been stated, there really isn't anything you can do to make a hen go broody and it doesn't help that the breeds you have seldomly go broodie.
     
  9. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i found that spending the money on an incubator and loading it up with eggs was what finally convinced my hens to go broody. [​IMG]

    sorry i have no real advice, as others said it's really not something that can be forced.
     
  10. Manningjw

    Manningjw Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    So I ran across this website:

    http://www.animalloversweb.com/article_chicken_broody.html

    Broodiness is also more likely if eggs are not routinely collected on a regular basis.

    The only tips they had to possibly help a hen that already might have broody tendency is to leave a clutch of eggs either fake or real (I would use fake until you are certain she is broody) to encourage the behavior.

    I find it interesting that people always recommend collecting eggs regularly to discourage broodiness and encourage egg laying but others will tell you there is absolutely no impact on possible broodiness by leaving a clutch. Most of the avaible breeds are selected for lack of this behavior so I still agree that the hen must have it in her to begin with.​
     

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