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Stimulating broody behavior in a hen

broody hen update


It works good as the new nest area, and it seems that our hens like it, but I think she's lost that broody feeling.

I've been trying to think of methods to stimulate broody behavior. The first one is to record the sound of a broody hen and play it back for one of her sisters while she's comfortably tucked into her nest.

Not sure if it would work, but it would be nice to shift some of the chick rearing workload towards our feathered friends.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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