Originally Posted by eeverett
Thanks D, I thought so. Knew what i was in for when i got these two little fluffy butts! Not sure I'm ready for more chicks now so I'll leave he be if she doesn't break after 3 days in the broody cage of shame.
If she quits in 3 days, she's not a "real" cochin
I've had other breed hens give up in a few days, but never a cochin or silkie. They also seem to be the only ones that tolerate moving at all. I can break any other broody hen by just giving her a private cage with a nice nest of eggs and telling her I want her to "go be a momma". They never listen, but a broody cochin is next to impossible to dissuade. I think it would take weeks in a "broody breaker" cage to get one of mine to give up. Even then, when I put her back with the others, I bet she's broody again within 24 hours. Change of season is the only thing that makes them lose interest and if yours is broody with these short days, that's not even gonna help you.
Best to just give her some fake eggs or golf balls and let her do her thing. They seem to get an enormous amount of happiness out of setting on eggs, why deprive her?