Will a hen who was hatched from an incubator ever become broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by suenrob, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

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    I was told my hens won't sit on eggs because they were incubated themselves and don't have a maternal instinct because of that. Is this true?
     
  2. cppeace

    cppeace Crowing

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    very untrue. being broody is breed by breed trait. Some breeds of chickens become broody easy and some do not. It really has nothing to do with how they are hatched.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Why do people believe stuff that, when you just think about it for a minute, make no sense whatsoever?

    Being a chicken that was brooded in an incubator has absolutely no relevance to becoming broody and hatching eggs.

    Think about it. All of these commercial hatcheries use electric incubators to hatch millions and millions of eggs that they ship off all over the country to feed stores and individuals to buy and raise. Those chicks all grow up and a tremendous number of those are hens that will later become broody, either driving their owners crazy with their broody antics or sitting on eggs and hatching out a whole bunch of new chicks that, may or may not become broody after they begin laying because it depends on their genetics more than anything whether they are inclined to become broody in the first place.

    Sheesh! Use your brain! God gave you one for a reason!
     
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    cppeace Crowing

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    People who aren't raised around livestock hear a lot of rumors and such. The only way they know if said info is right is to seek an answer which is what this person has done. They very well may not really know or think about commercial hatcheries and how they work. I am a firm believer in no question being a dumb question and would not accuse any person who seeks answers to not be using their brain
     
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  5. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    Okay. You're very correct. I apologize for being so flippant.

    I just wish there was more skepticism in this culture of ours so people aren't so easily fooled. But that doesn't excuse my rudeness to the OP.
     
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