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A way to cure a broody hen

post #1 of 32
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I haven't seen any drawbacks to this method and it works like a charm.

When I have a Cochin go broody, I simply put her in the Silkie pen for a week. Then I return them to the Cochin pen and no more sitting. Voila, instant cure!

The Silkies are so docile so there are never pecking order squabbles, although the Silkie cockerels do lavish their affections on the Cochin girls. Since they are the newcomers, the Cochins don't pick on the Silkies either.

~ Randall
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post #2 of 32

i have a broody right now i just sit down and take her outside for awhile then take the eggs away she eventually gives up...

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4dogs, 3cats, 4goats, chickens: 14 bSL hens, 2 RIR hens, 4 araucana Hens, 2 BR hens, 2 JF hens, 3 silkie hens, 3 delaware Hens,3 sicilian buttercup hens, 1 americana roo,4silkies roos, 1 frizzle roo, and other roos
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post #3 of 32

My BO has gone broody twice.  The first time I took her off the nest (in the middle of the blackberry bushes) and put her on a cold rock in the shade.  She sat there for a while and cooled down, then got back on her nest.  I put her back on the cold rock again and she decided it wasn't worth it and wandered away.  The next time that didn't work so I put her into a basin of cold water.  What a shock!  She was very offended but it cured her.  I hear cooling down the body temperature works to cure them and it did it for mine.

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1 Golden laced Wyandotte, 1 Silver laced Wyandotte, 2 Buff Orphingtons, 1 EE, 1 Black Star, 1 Welsummer, 2 cats, 1 golden retriever, a bunch of fish, 4 kids, and 1 husband.  Not necessarily in that order.
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post #4 of 32

I always take off the nest take all the eggs out and put somthing in the nest so they cant go back on it

post #5 of 32

I find simply taking the eggs away cures it. My bantam will actually sit back on the nest for a day until she realizes there's no point.

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Plymouth Barred Rocks, Delawares, New Hampshires, Rhode Island Reds,  Bantam Barred Rocks and Bantam Buff Brahmas. But love my mutt bantams too.

 

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post #6 of 32

We have a broody BO right now who is sitting on a plastic egg filled with sand and a golf ball that she is carefully keeping warm.

Our egg production is excellent right now and while I'm interested in stopping her broodiness because this time of year isn't the right time for this in my climate (I do have fertile eggs I could put under her), is there a problem with her being this way? She seems very happy on her nest. Does it harm her to sit on a golf ball and sand egg for a few weeks? I think she is otherwise in excellent sprits and condition.

I want to hatch chicks in the spring and I'm happy to see one of my BO is a broody hen, that is why I chose this breed.

If stopping the false broodiness is a good thing, how do I do that in a group situation when I have only one real pen and multiple laying nests in the mutual coop. I don't even have the situation set up for chicks now even if the weather was right.

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post #7 of 32
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Originally Posted by Barred Rocker 

I find simply taking the eggs away cures it. My bantam will actually sit back on the nest for a day until she realizes there's no point.


My Cochins are not so easily deterred. I took away the nest egg, and put boards on the nest. They just sit on the boards.

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Originally Posted by Arin the chicken lady 

We have a broody BO right now who is sitting on a plastic egg filled with sand and a golf ball that she is carefully keeping warm.

Our egg production is excellent right now and while I'm interested in stopping her broodiness because this time of year isn't the right time for this in my climate (I do have fertile eggs I could put under her), is there a problem with her being this way? She seems very happy on her nest. Does it harm her to sit on a golf ball and sand egg for a few weeks? I think she is otherwise in excellent sprits and condition.

I want to hatch chicks in the spring and I'm happy to see one of my BO is a broody hen, that is why I chose this breed.

If stopping the false broodiness is a good thing, how do I do that in a group situation when I have only one real pen and multiple laying nests in the mutual coop. I don't even have the situation set up for chicks now even if the weather was right.


When a broody hen sit on the nest, she doesn't eat or drink as much as usual. Since it has gotten cold all of my chickens have stepped up their food consumption. I think it may be detrimental for them to go without eating in freezing temperatures.

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post #8 of 32

Hmmm, very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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Me (Robin), my very patient and understanding Hubby whom I adore, my son, Bill, a German Shorthaired Pointer, nubian, lamancha, saanen, alpine and nigerian dwarf milk goats.
www.taylorfarmsdairygoats.webs.com

http://www.taylorfarmssoap.com

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post #9 of 32

I have an EE bantam that is very broody..she hasn't layed in almost 2 weeks.... we go into the coop several times a day and take ou tany eggs and put her out with the oher birds....someone told me that buying fertile eggs and letting her hatch them would cure her....Any ideas?

1 super/great husband, 3 kids, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 angora rabbits, 11 chickies - 1 bantam(EE pullet,) 2 Black Australorps, 2 Barred Rocks and 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 1-Cuckoo Maram rooster - and 7 ducks (3 Khaki Campbells and 4 Rouens)
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1 super/great husband, 3 kids, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 angora rabbits, 11 chickies - 1 bantam(EE pullet,) 2 Black Australorps, 2 Barred Rocks and 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 1-Cuckoo Maram rooster - and 7 ducks (3 Khaki Campbells and 4 Rouens)
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post #10 of 32

Buy the most expensive Hard to procure eggs you can imagine, put them under a broody hen with all your hopes for this new strain riding on their diligence and they will be off in a flash.

Not much help I know but it sure does work


Edited by greathorse - 7/22/10 at 2:16pm
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