why isn't my hen going broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mycountrycabin, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. mycountrycabin

    mycountrycabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 3 hens laying in 1 box an none of them will go broody why?
     
  2. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  3. mycountrycabin

    mycountrycabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a barred rock,buff orpington,and a EE
     
  4. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 12 eggs in a nest box and none of my hens went broody. I think buff orpingtons go broody.
     
  5. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. championny

    championny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.

    Good Luck.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    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.
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2008

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