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I have a silver laced Whyndotte who has gone broody she has been this way for a few days now maybe a week… she has been sitting on golf balls that I had in there too train them where too lay I took the balls out today I'm wondering will she stop on her own? I have no roosters just hens and I don't want her hatching anything any how… is it bad for her too be broody also? And if she won't stop on her own how do I stop her? Any help would be great for I am a new chicken owner my self flock of 6 I have 2 EE and 4 Whyndotte 2 silver and 2 gold
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Just search breaking broody hens and lots of info will come up. The way a lot of peole break them depends on the hen herself. Case and point, my friend has a cochin who will hatch ice cubes, the bird will only stop after 21 days no matter what. Then she has another little cochin that can be broke from being broody by just throwing her off the nest three days in a row.

One of the best ways i've seen and it gets the least bad reviews from other flock owners is the wire bottom cage. Basically make or buy a wire bottomed cage, add broody, food and water, and hang up or suspend the cage to keep air flow under the bird. Works for most situations.

As for the will she stop on her own question....yes, just not sure when.
Is it bad for her to be broody....depends on you. If you have no need for a broody then yes, its bad and you can break her. If you dont mind not getting eggs from her, you have plenty of boxes for the others to lay in, and the othr hens aren't picking on her then no not bad at all. Going broody is natural and they are created to do it, we just have to decide as flock owners if it's a problem for us and take appropreate steps from there.

Hope my rambling helped out a bit. Merry christmas
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Just search breaking broody hens and lots of info will come up. The way a lot of peole break them depends on the hen herself. Case and point, my friend has a cochin who will hatch ice cubes, the bird will only stop after 21 days no matter what. Then she has another little cochin that can be broke from being broody by just throwing her off the nest three days in a row.

One of the best ways i've seen and it gets the least bad reviews from other flock owners is the wire bottom cage. Basically make or buy a wire bottomed cage, add broody, food and water, and hang up or suspend the cage to keep air flow under the bird. Works for most situations.

As for the will she stop on her own question....yes, just not sure when.
Is it bad for her to be broody....depends on you. If you have no need for a broody then yes, its bad and you can break her. If you dont mind not getting eggs from her, you have plenty of boxes for the others to lay in, and the othr hens aren't picking on her then no not bad at all. Going broody is natural and they are created to do it, we just have to decide as flock owners if it's a problem for us and take appropreate steps from there.

Hope my rambling helped out a bit. Merry christmas

Hi. The method described is the one that I use. The broody hen need only be in the small broody buster coop for 3-4 days and it usually does the trick. Imo it's not just the cooling air that helps break the broodiness, but it's also the frustration of being prevented from being part of the flock.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

Ct
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Thanks for the information I know eggs are not a problem for me these girls have been very good too me on laying eggs even with it being winter there all still laying every day just about so I ges if it won't hurt her I will just let her run her course
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