Ready for incubation--no broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dogkahuna, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. dogkahuna

    dogkahuna Chirping

    Oct 11, 2015
    Southworth, WA
    We've got our second coop built and are ready to start a second flock. Problem is we don't currently have a broody hen. Three have gone through the motions over this spring/summer but the third one just stopped last week. Can broodiness be enticed? We're going to let a hen set 10-12 eggs by herself in the new coop and electro-yard.

    Any ideas or recommendations? Thanks!
  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Crowing

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    It can be encouraged but there is no sure fire way to make it happen. A nice quiet semi dark nest area with some golf balls or fake eggs left in the nest is a start. Some breeds are more prone to broodies others, not as much. And even within breeds individuals vary. Rest assured that like most things, it is likely to happen at the least convenient time for you! LOL!

    What breeds do you hav?

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