I, too, have a broody hen--going into 3 wks -- her chest is featherless so last cpl days I've been putting antibiotics on her. She's very pleasant and allows me to pick her up and put her in run where she promptly drinks, fluffs up - pecks around yard a bit, then heads back to coop. She hangs out in the one box the other girls use and they just kind of nudge her over. I was told by my chicken guru to put her in a cage by herself. Well I don'thave a cage but I put her in small, empty coop and she threw herself against door and escaped!!!! My friend said it takes abt 3-4 wks -- and no, I have no baby carriage -- I live on a hill -- but I'm tempted to just let her roam in my garden since she's not interested in eating and wd probably leave the veggies alone. Any thoughts? Thnx
I think the most effective thing we tried was the box fan blowing in her in the nesting box. Locking her out of the nesting box was a nightmare and she wouldn't roam around or anything. She'd just pace around right outside of it, screeching in anger and physically trying to break in. Non-stop.
But letting her sit in the nesting box kept her calm and the fan cooled her down and irritated her enough to get her to come off after a few days. It could have been a coincidence and she just happened to stop being broody on her own, but I personally think it helped.
Edited by thechicksitter - 5/25/16 at 5:42am