to get chickens to sit on eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by allaboutfeathers, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. allaboutfeathers

    allaboutfeathers New Egg

    Mar 20, 2011
    My boyfriend made some nests. He confined the chickens inside the nests. They cannot get out, he thinks this will make chickens get broody. Will this work?
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    No. And it's cruel, besides.

    Most hatchery chicken breeds have had the "broodiness" bred out of them, because it interferes with egg production. Broodiness is a hormonal condition, and if the hen doesn't have that hormonal attribute in her, she will never go broody.

    People just naturally believe ALL hens will set on eggs and hatch out chicks. This is not true. Some breeds are known for being more likely to go broody, but that doesn't mean a particular hen of that breed will do so. Some breeds one would never suspect would be broody can have the occasional hen which will surprise everyone and go broody.

    A hen may go broody once, and never again, or do it over and over again.

    You just have to wait until - or IF - a hen goes broody before she will attempt to hatch eggs. Otherwise, they just lay the eggs and leave the nest.

    Please let your hens out of their nest boxes. Thanks!
  3. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Nope, I have only one hen that ever went broody and it was my EE bantam. I am not sure if she will go broody again this year or not. If she does I will let her try and hatch a few eggs. Let you chickens out of the nest boxes if they go broody they will on their own time. How old are your chickens sometimes it depends on age, breed
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Nope. Only the hen can determine when or even IF she will go broody.
  5. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    You're not going to get anything out of that other than some upset hens and trampled eggs. Please, please, let those girls out. And please get your boyfriend some good chicken books to read, because it sounds like he has a lot to learn.

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