MAKING a hen go broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickensval, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. chickensval

    chickensval Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I've been wondering, could I MAKE one ofe my hens broody?
    The three breeds I have are Australorp, barred rock, americauna, and one mix breed that isn't even laying yet. I want to get my spring hatch on, but my bator is full and I'm not really into WAITING for one of my girls to go broody! I want to get her broody asap, I've tried letting their eggs pile up in the nest boxes, until one of them thinks they have enough to set, but this didn't work , the eggs were in there 2 weeks, and it was just a waste of eggs, however, I did manage to fit two of them in the incubator, though only one is developing. :/
    But how can I force one of my girls into broodiness?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mr Gamecock

    Mr Gamecock Out Of The Brooder

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    Is Is the nesting place comfy For the chicken nest she may not like it
     
  3. chickensval

    chickensval Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a mixture of pine bedding and straw.
     
  4. Mr Gamecock

    Mr Gamecock Out Of The Brooder

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    That is weird?
     
  5. chickensval

    chickensval Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not really seeing your point...?
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Hens go broody when their genetics and instincts trigger the hormonal change to tell them they need to set. They cannot control it and neither can you. Many hens never go broody, ever, even if they are a breed commonly considered to be a broody one.

    There are exceptions to this, as I had a hatchery RIR (most likely a production red) go broody the first time when she was three years old. My Orpingtons have gone broody, both the lavenders and both Buff Orps. A couple of my Easter Eggers have gone broody. A bantam Cochin mix has gone broody several times in her two years. That's out of fifty some hens.

    Those people who say they have "made" their hens go broody have been lucky in timing their efforts with their hens' naturally rising hormone levels.

    I know many folks who have never had a broody hen, and they've tried.
     
  7. Mr Gamecock

    Mr Gamecock Out Of The Brooder

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    I want my hens to go broody now I know there's a chance I may never go broody that's depressing
     
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Mr. gamecock, if your name indicates you're keeping game breeds, you will probably have good luck, because the game breed hens do go broody pretty regularly.
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Sorry about the multiple posts - I don't know why that is happening.
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2013
  10. Muffinburgler

    Muffinburgler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens will automatically go broody if there's a lot of eggs in the nest. Maybe stuff the nest box full of fake eggs and see if that does anything for her.
     

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