Wanting hens to go broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Big Red Hen, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Big Red Hen

    Big Red Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens have been laying a good amount of eggs this week, but none of seems to be setting? How can I encourage them? Or do they just go broody when they're ready?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I have LF brahmas. A breed known to go broody.
    My birds are nearly two years old and not a broody to be found.
    I've researched the subject extensively, tried every trick in the book, and it all comes down to one thing.
    A hen will go broody if and when she wants to and nothing is going to change that. [​IMG]
     
  3. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am hoping to have a few broodies this spring. I keep wooden eggs in the boxes and use shreaded paper as nesting material. I find keeping the wooden eggs in works well for a few reason. Gives them the idea where the eggs go. Makes them think there is something to brood on. Makes them think that every nest is a popular one.
    I know there are exceptions to every rule, but I'm not thinking that I will have a broody now because of the cold. I have read on BYC from multiple people about winter broodiness however. I wouldn't really want babies now.
     
  4. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a hen will go broody when she thinks it is a good time. you can't make her. some breeds are often broody, some almost never are. if you have a non-broody type of breed- you may never get a broody. if you have silkies or cochins, or some of the other broody breeds- you will have more of them than you want, come spring and summer.....
     

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