The secret to getting a broody!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Faith Hope, May 12, 2011.

  1. Faith Hope

    Faith Hope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have had chickens for about a year now. My goal is for my flock to produce enough babies each year for meat for my family and for some new layers each year. Oh -- and I want to use broodies -- I don't have an incubator.

    I have 1 silkie who went broody in the middle of winter, but since then I have had no others even attempt. So a month or two ago I decided to go ahead and order chicks this year. I ordered ALOT. We want 20 or 30 to butcher plus 12 or so new layers. I figured my girls were not quite ready to hatch any this year.

    Well, guess how many broodies I have now? -- THREE, can you believe it? My silkie took one look at those cute baby chicks and by that evening she decide she wanted some for her own. She is now on 8 eggs from my mixed flock (on day 12). It appears that I also have 2 dark cornish broodies: one of them has sat for 2 nights straight, so last night I gave her a dozen eggs. Another one has now decided she thinks this is a great plan -- we will see if she will stick it out for a couple of nights before we give her any.

    Very soon we will be over run with chicks! Crazy Chickens!

    So if you want a broody order enough chicks for the year -- THEN they will go broody and give you more chicks than you know what to do with! [​IMG]
     

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