New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Un-Brooding a Hen

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I have two RI Red hens that have gone broody. It's our fault, we didn't collect the eggs for a few days. We've been diligent since then and had noticed them in the laying boxes only a few times, but each time they were laying on eggs, until tonight. They weren't sitting on eggs. I've also noticed that we have declined from 5-6 eggs a day to 3-4, I believe that these hens have stopped laying.

 

Does this sound correct? If the hens are broody, and not laying, how should I un-broody them, and will it start their egg production up again before 1-2 months?

 

Thanks for your help.

post #2 of 5

THERE ARE WAYS TO UN BROOD HENS, BUT YOU MAY NOT NEED TO.   Just keep  collecting the eggs.   RIR are not the most broody hens  in the chicken world.    Your egg production may  have slowed down due to shorter days.  My RIR went on strike in the last 2 weeks. They are not broody ether.      Cooler temps also  add to the  slowdown. 

 

WISHING YOU BEST :thumbsup

post #3 of 5

Yes, broody hens will cease laying until they are broken. The best way to break a broody is to use a cage with a wire floor; it needs to be up off the ground, so the cold air can reach their belly. They'll think, "Oh no! My belly is cold, the chicks must have died!" and give up. Keep them in the cage for 3-7 days, depending on how broody they're acting by the time 3 days rolls around. They should return to laying in 1-2 weeks.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

Reply

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

Reply
post #4 of 5

Leaving egg in the nests won't make a bird go broody...it's purely hormonal.

If she's been sitting the nest for 3 days and nights, leaving only to eat, drink, drop a huge poop, maybe a dust bath then goes right back to the nest.....if she's hissing, growling, maybe biting when disturbed....then she's broody.

 

 

My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day. 

 

I let her out a couple times a day and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.

 

Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the advice. Sorry for my delay in responding. Wife's grandfather passed away, then hunting season, then winterizing everything, etc... I pulled the eggs and they stopped sitting in the laying boxes within a day or two. I had a friend hatch some of my eggs and it looks like I have some RIR BR crosses... I'm excited to see what they look like as adults.

 

Thanks again!

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying