Need a broody RIR

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by marcus connor, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. marcus connor

    marcus connor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have about 11 RIR's ,but I want to raise some for meat. I know they are not the broodyest birds but I want them to sit on their eggs, how can I make one go broody.
     
  2. onarres

    onarres Out Of The Brooder

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    You can try to leave some fake eggs maybe several in the nest while you take out the real eggs until of one them goes broody.
     
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  3. ClayCraft2000

    ClayCraft2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am having the same problem because they aren't a very good bird for sitting on eggs... One of mine is a 50% broody. She sits on eggs all day but never stays on them for longer than a day or so. Please help us other people! :)
     
  4. marcus connor

    marcus connor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have tried with some golf balls but it doesn't seem to understand. I am going to try to use lavender sent,so it would feel relaxed when sitting.
     
  5. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really, despite all of the encouragement, there isn't anything that will really MAKE a hen go broody. It is either in that particular hen to go broody or it isn't. I myself keep a silkie on hand just for the broodiness. You can raise one breed for while using a hen from another.
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    xs 2 RIR's were bred NOT to be broody. Like Jaded said, there is no way to MAKE a hen go broody. Some breeds (and RIR are one) it seldom happens. Doesn't mean you won't ever see one. Silkies are notorious for broodness, I have 4 and in the year-year and a half I've had them not a single one has ever gone broody. Now my bantams want to every time I turn around. I would consider incubating yourself or getting a hen from a more broody known breed to keep in your flock.
     
  7. marcus connor

    marcus connor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I'll buy a incubator,Thanks for the advice.
     

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