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

    Nov 25, 2009
    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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