Make a Hen go Broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GuineaLady93, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. GuineaLady93

    GuineaLady93 Chillin' With My Peeps

    790
    2
    113
    Aug 7, 2011
    Cameron, NC
    My Coop
    I was thinking about letting one of my hens sit some guinea eggs for me is this a good idea and will she do it? We have just been collecting her eggs everyday, so how can I make her go broody?? Can I just leave the egg she will lay in the morning and add about 15 or 20 guinea eggs???
    Thanks,
    Ashley
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    34,028
    452
    448
    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
  3. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    7,325
    15
    264
    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Hen's go broody by their natural hormones... so she won't broody until her body tells her too.
     
  4. GuineaLady93

    GuineaLady93 Chillin' With My Peeps

    790
    2
    113
    Aug 7, 2011
    Cameron, NC
    My Coop
    Quote:What makes her body tell her to?
     
  5. Bravo

    Bravo Chillin' With My Peeps

    885
    1
    133
    Aug 24, 2009
    CA
    Bring her to my house! [​IMG] My girls raving hormones practically make my entire flock broody LOL

    To answer your question, you really cant make her go broody. You can suggest it by leaving a pile of golf balls or fake eggs and hope her maternal instincts kick in, but there is no surefire way to make her actually do it.

    Also, for a first-timer I wouldn't do Guinea eggs because they have a 4 week incubation time, as opposed to chickens of 3 weeks. Even if she does go broody, she may quit a few weeks into it and that would be a real disappointment.

    When I have an experienced, big broody girl, I'll only let her incubate a max of a dozen eggs. This makes sure she can cover them all.

    Best of luck!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by