What is the best way to get a hen to go broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by birdsofthefarm, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. birdsofthefarm

    birdsofthefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They have been laying fertilized eggs, but none have gone broody, TIPS?
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    You can't force them - some will some won't.
     
  3. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    First of all what breed is it....Like most leghorns i wouldnt even bother trying, or cochins are the exact oppisite
    In general put in a seperate cage (like dog crate) With a nest and food and water and not too much room to move around in the dark and depending on the breed they should go broody fast.

    fast saying 2 days to a week
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    yep...it's like Wildsky said some will go broody, others never will. It's a hormonal condition and there's nothing you can do to make it happen. It's been bred out of a lot of breeds...especially hatchery birds.
     
  5. Chicks & Dip

    Chicks & Dip Out Of The Brooder

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    it is a barred rock
     
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Chicks & Dip :

    it is a barred rock

    I have never heard of barred rockbeing persistant broody so i would not use my method for them
    this would work for
    Silkies
    Cochins
    Brahmas

    I think you should get one of those breeds; Best incubators in the world [​IMG] And they will go broody in a heartbeat​
     
  7. Chicks & Dip

    Chicks & Dip Out Of The Brooder

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    I am not allowed to have more chickens rightnow
     
  8. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Chicks & Dip :

    I am not allowed to have more chickens rightnow

    Ohh thats too bad [​IMG]
    Well that means you couldnt hatch anyways right? But barred rocks can go broody but i would think you just have to give her time. The more you want her to go broody the longer shell take !​
     
  9. Chicks & Dip

    Chicks & Dip Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Ohh thats too bad [​IMG]
    Well that means you couldnt hatch anyways right? But barred rocks can go broody but i would think you just have to give her time. The more you want her to go broody the longer shell take !

    darn..
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Ok....are birdsofthefarm and chicks & dip the same person with 2 accounts?
     

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