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why don't I have any broody hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kotiya, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Kotiya

    Kotiya In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2009
    South-West Ohio
    I have 32 hens, and at least 15 are Buff Orpingtons about 2 years old. Only 1 has gone broody (last year with some tragic results). We have a BO roo, so I expected they would be producing little BOs on their own. We collect the eggs everyday. Is that the problem? One BO likes to sleep in the nesting boxes, but she will get out of our way if we check for eggs under her at night. I want to see a momma care for her babies instead of having to do all the work myself! [​IMG]

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Yes, if you remove the eggs, then there is nothing to go broody over. [​IMG] Just leave the eggs alone for a few days and see what happens. Once the pile of eggs gets large enough, chances are, somebody is going to go broody. [​IMG]

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