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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mycountrycabin, Apr 18, 2008.
i have 3 hens laying in 1 box an none of them will go broody why?
You can't MAKE a hen go broody. Its just something she decides to do. It doesn't matter how many hens you have on a nest. What kind of chickens do you have? Some chickens don't go broody anymore. It has been sort of bred out of them.
i have a barred rock,buff orpington,and a EE
I had 12 eggs in a nest box and none of my hens went broody. I think buff orpingtons go broody.
Some buff orpingtons go broody. I had 4, only 2 ever went broody. Some Barred rocks go broody, but not as many as the orpingtons.
I've learned they will brood when they're ready. The only suggestion I can offer is to make sure there are plenty of eggs (even if you have to mix a few fakes) and if they are ready, they'll brood. Then you can remove the fake ones when she's feeding. Other than that, its up to anyone's game.
Of my flock of 21 hens, only 1 has ever gone broody. I have Buff Orpingtons, Blue Orps, Barred Rocks, RIRs, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Ameraucanas, and three that are Cochin/Silkie x Barred Rock! So, it is not a given that they will brood, even if the breed is considered broody.