Looking for a Broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by teamsunbelt, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. teamsunbelt

    teamsunbelt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you encourage a hen to sit? I know I have fertile eggs, I have a couple good hens for moms, I just need one to sit. Is there something I can do to help them along?

    I currently have 3 golfballs in one nest, just an idea I got from somewhere. I try to leave my eggs in the nest as long as I can in a day also. Any ideas would help.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Nope. I've tried all the tricks. I even have a hen that shows all the signs of being broody - belly plucked, screeches, bites, blows up like a blowfish. Then she lays her egg and goes on her merry way like nothing happened. Got home last night from a trip and there were 39 eggs in that coop and still no broodies.

    You just gotta wait until their hormones kick in. It's frustrating as heck sometimes. [​IMG]
     
  3. teamsunbelt

    teamsunbelt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you ever had a Welsummer go broody? I have one and wish I had more.
     
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    Nmarine1057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I wish I love the breed put they will hardly ever go broody. My wife got some silkies so I'm hoping they will be my sitters [​IMG]
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:It's very rare to have a welsummer go broody - and even more rare that they make good mothers. A couple people here have been very fortunate to get both.
     
  6. teamsunbelt

    teamsunbelt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it easier to go with eggs or day olds when it comes to Welsummers?
     
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    new chick 203 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a Cochin. mine is a determined broody. You can't talk her out of it.
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Depends what you want them for.

    Me, I'd order eggs from a breeder. If you go the hatchery route, Estes hatchery is supposed to have the best welsummers.
     
  9. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wanna know what worked for me? buying two incubators, and hatching multiple batches of eggs. as soon as i had 50 youngin's running around that i myself incubated and brooded artificially.. then, THEN.. i kid you not.. THREE of my hens went broody. THREE. i think they just like being contrary. [​IMG]

    as for real advice, i second getting a cochin hen or two.
     
  10. teamsunbelt

    teamsunbelt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am hoping that my Orpington will go broody soon. Of course, at best I would get a few Wyandottes of who knows what color and some mutts. Not sure how good a Wyandotte and Welsummer cross. I am looking at borrowing an incubator soon to give it a try. If so, I may hunt down some pure Welsummers to add in.
     

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