will a broody hen......

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ticks, May 3, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

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    hatch a duck or pheasant egg? or will they neglect it.
     
  2. tnkinhunting

    tnkinhunting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't ever tried it but I am sure someone on here has - I believe my broodies would, they sit on golf balls!!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one to hatch and raise ducks. Don't know about pheasants.
     
  4. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

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    When a hen is in her Broody mood she will try an hatch anything..lol so most likely yea she will hatch a duck or pheasent egg
     
  5. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    ok my next qustion is when do hens go broody?
     
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  6. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whenever the "mood" hits them. Unpredictable...
     
  7. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    The only hens to go broody are the ones that have the natural instinct to do so...not all hens, and most breeds don't have alot of broodies.

    Some breeds are known for broody birds, while some rarely have some, so the answer is that it depends somewhat on the breed.

    bigzio
     
  8. tnkinhunting

    tnkinhunting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the breed - some don't; some almost stay broody, like cochins, silkies, OEGB, to name a few. What kind do you have? Normally they will lay a clutch of eggs and go broody and set.
     
  9. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    i have some rir and a welsummer roo if my rir hens go broody are thy likley to have ferile eggs and should i let the hen hatch the eggs ather than eat them.
     
  10. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they could be fertile. It is really fun watching a hen raise chicks.
     

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