why wont any of my hens brood?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by siouxriver, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. siouxriver

    siouxriver New Egg

    Apr 19, 2012
    i have one hundred and fifty hens of 12 breeds, all with the potential to go broody, and some that it very common in, (buff orpingtons and cochins) and have not had a single hen go broody in two years. Some hens are young and just laying, others are old women by now. I have roosters running around, nest spots in three different unused out buildings, and nothing. not one broody hen.
  2. Fruitful Eden

    Fruitful Eden Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2012
    What I do to get broody hens is I leave wooden eggs or even plastic easter eggs in the nest boxes. Five or so in each box. Then just be patient for awhile. I have four broody hens right now. Also make sure that there isn't too much light shining on you nest boxes. My broody hens are a Salmon Farvelle, Cookoo Maran, Blue Cochin Bantam, and a welsummer. I also had a silkie go broody recently.

  3. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 23, 2011
    And the day will come when you post that 100 are broody and your egg production is almost zero [​IMG] [​IMG]

    BTW, two years old is not old for pure breeds.

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