Want a hen to broody up

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crayon, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. crayon

    crayon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hillman Michigan
    I am wondering if there is something I can do to encourage one of my hens to broody up. I have SLW, RIR, EEer, Partridge Rocks and BRs . I would like my EEer or my RIRs to broody- but I am not sure if there is something I can do to help that along?

    Also- does anyone know how long after a roo mates that the eggs would have his "seed"? I have a SLW roo (getting to be mean) and a PRs roo who is nice. The SLW is my dom roo- but I would like to use my PR roo.... He mates a lot less tho- and I would have to pen him up with some hens. How long should I pen him up with them before I just leave the eggs and are assured they are his offspring?

  2. ChickenKid11

    ChickenKid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    I know how to get one broody! Just keep the eggs in there! This works!
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    They go broody when their body tells them. With your breeds, the number of eggs may very well not work to make them set. You can try confining one with eggs, Let us know how it works out. It takes about 4 weeks to be sure the hen no longer carries a rooster's seed. Figure two days after mating for an egg to be fertile.

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