Wanted: Broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Daidohead, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Daidohead

    Daidohead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anything I can do to increase the chances of a hen going broody ? Are there any feeds, suppliments or other non dangerous to the chicken type stuff that can easily be done to nudge them into a broody mood ?

    My Ladies are all EE fence jumper specials. They are fed layer crumbles, scratch, and oyster shell. They free range 4 hours or so a day.
     
  2. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, it just happens. It's really just a nature thing, so go broody some don't...I don't think EE are really known for being broody either.
     
  3. Kenneth Flippen

    Kenneth Flippen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try puttting dumby eggs or golf balls in her nest to make it look full. it worked for a game hen I had. but she was very broody if I wanted to set eggs all I had to do was put about 9 in her nest in a couple of days she would start. just a thought



    Kenneth Flippen
     
  4. Daidohead

    Daidohead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    9 egg shaped balls of duct tape ? might work ?
     
  5. fasbendera

    fasbendera Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broodiest is a little black bantam and a couple of my brahams. Maybe add a few broodier breeds to your flock. My dad raised exotic birds and used the broody hens to hatch along with an incubator. I will say the hens were easier and less fuss.
     

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