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Number of eggs to smoke out a broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by michickenwrangler, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    How many eggs does it take for a broody hen to decide she wants to brood on them?

    I have 6 wooden eggs, will that be enough?
     
  2. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    Not sure, I thought a couple might start the process.
    I am sure someone with Broody experience will send more input.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Agreed. I've left up to 14 eggs in a nest in my brahma coop. My hens never gave the eggs a second look; just added theirs to the pile and left.
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    What ddawn and gritsar said!
     
  6. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    So I'll just go out there one day and I'll have a broody cochin? Eggs or not?
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:The one broody I have right now - a salmon faverolles - was setting on nothing. I gave her three golfballs to start. When she proved serious I replaced the golfballs with eggs.
     
  8. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    When the days get longer, will a hen be more likely to go broody?
     
  9. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    No, I have broodies who love the midst of winter - one with chicks right now and one on eggs [​IMG]


    Hormones and plenty of food is what seems to be needed here. My girls like to plump up a bit before brooding.


    Mine tend to go from - part of the flock, easy going friendly to everyone - to puffing up angrily when another hen goes near and really screaming when the roo comes around. Then they claim a nest box and they do not care if there is an egg, no eggs or a hen laying.
     
  10. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

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    Quote:hormones cause it, not longer days, I got 2 right now and the days are short, one is on day 14
     

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