Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In the MOOD to BROOD? Dear LIzzy:

Dear Lizzy:
We have new hens and I would like to know if there is a way to make the hens broody?
Moody (Cuz they aren't broody!)
(not one of MY flock!)
Dear "Moody",
Today's modern hen has the "broodiness" bred out of her.  Scientists and breeders worked together to genetically change and create new breeds specifically for egg production, and with that being said, Heritage Breeds are generally the only poultry that will still contain the hormones for the motherhood instinct.  Sad, but True.  ooooOOOOOooooo!

  Check online for information on which hens are broody and set well if the hearts desire is to raise Peeps, and then purchase only those types.  On the other hand, if one already HAS broody hens, there are WAYS to attempt to "break" them for short time if egg laying is to continue...because, when they are setting, they lay a certain number of eggs for their "clutch", then set on them until they hatch (or NOT, depending on if the eggs are fertilized, of course), and they will puff up and peck anyone that dares to try to remove those eggs (again,fertilized or NOT!).
  Such are the pros and cons for Broody Hens!
Hope this helps!
Ms. Lizzy


Chatty Crone said...

Mothering is sure not what it used to be is it?

Angela said...

You know I understand wanting more eggs producing hens but why can't the scientists leave what God created alone!