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Is there a way to break a broody hen without a cage?
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Blocking the nest can sometimes work.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Keep removing her from the nest, like, 20 times a day.

 

Dunk them up to their necks in cool (not too cold) water......

.....that's drastic and kind of cruel, IMO, but might feel good in Texas this time of year.

 

Why do you not want to use a cage?

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."

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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."

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If you don't have a cage, you can rig up something using things you probably have around the patio or garage. You need an open mesh bottom, so a small patio table that has a mesh surface will work as a base. Now you need something to keep the broody confined. I've used an inverted milk crate bungied to the table. Stick that contrivance in a high traffic portion of your run, and install the broody in it.

 

I let my broody out several times a day to poop, dirt bathe, and eat and drink. She then goes back into the broody "cage" the minute she tries to head for a nest box. It's also a good way to gauge if she's over being broody yet. If she remains away from the nest boxes, she's cured. It usually only requires no more than three days.

 

I finally found a very inexpensive wire dog crate at a yard sale. It's big enough to hold two broodies at a time. It was a very good investment since I have a steady supply of broody hens each spring.

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