There has got to be a way to make your chicken broody!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicken Charlotte, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Chicken Charlotte

    Chicken Charlotte Out of the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2010
    Please! Any ideas??? Something I could try?????

  2. jm93030

    jm93030 Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    what breed is this hen you want to get broody?

    some breeds dont ?

    and some do even without eggs?
  3. Chicken Charlotte

    Chicken Charlotte Out of the Brooder

    Jun 7, 2010
    Quote:I am not sure about one but she has gone broody before about three times, the other one is red but she is not a rodilen red though. I used to have 12 but they all got eaten *long story*
  4. jm93030

    jm93030 Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    Silkies are the best to get broody after raising the babys
    if you can get one she will get broody at least 4 times a year

    one way to try to get your hen broody is by not collecting the eggs, if you dont colect the eggs sooner they may sit on them
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011
  5. If she's been broody before you can leave a bunch of eggs in there and she may try to sit....[​IMG]

    Some breeds don't ever go broody....others will every now & then....

    I'm not familiar with Rhode Island Reds and them going broody...I know my Orloff bantams, Cochins (all sizes), Wyandotte bantams, Sumatras and Light Sussex have all been broody this spring. I let the Sussex sit and she smothered all of the chicks/eggs. [​IMG] The cochins all hatched theirs out and I took the Sumatra eggs away & finished them in the bator. The Orloff bantam & Wyandotte bantams are sitting we'll see how they do.
  6. skillswife

    skillswife Songster

    Jul 19, 2010
    SW Montana
    Need them to lay eggs [​IMG] That's what did it for my hen. I don't think RIR's go broody as often as some others. Mine is a Millie Fluer D"Uccle that is broody right now.
  7. njduck

    njduck Chirping

    Jul 15, 2011
    commercial production birds rarely go broody. it has been bred out of them. They never sit on eggs on commercial farms. Buff orphingtons sit the best out of all the larger breeds I have. My sex links, RIR, barred rocks hardly ever set on eggs.

  8. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    There was a great article about forcing broodiness in Backyard Poultry Magizine earlier this year. You may be able to find it on line.
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Personally, I disagree with the 'silkies are the best' when it comes to broodiness. I have more luck getting OEGB, cochins, and 'mutts' to go broody than I ever do with my silkies. Plus, the 1 silkie hen I have that DOES go broody is a total idiot and usually ignores her chicks to the point that they starve or freeze to death. Currently I have 2 hens who are silkie/cochin mixes and 1 hen who's an OEGB/d'uccles mix. All 3 of these hens are last year's hatchlings and are on their 3rd set of chicks this year. My LF OEG hens are also good broodies, I have 1 with her 2nd set for the year. However, she was the first bird to go broody this year so it took her a while to get back in the 'swing' of it. Definitely most any bantam will go broody but I would look for other alternatives than just silkies.
  10. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    I don't believe that broodiness can be 'forced' as it is due to a hormonal change within the bird. Maybe some of the heavy hints suggested will encourage hens.

    I keep Brahmas amongst other birds and they always are broody in the summer. Several of my hens barely lay any eggs in the summer, and my broodiest will hatch 4-5 clutches per season. Maybe get a Brahma or two?

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