Could the hen see the "coop" from where you had her new place. You posted above that she got off the nest and went right back to the coop. Did you have her in a pen with the door closed---or just another location without a door--or what ever??
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She could not see the coop, it had a closed door and when we went in to check on feed and water she got out
Some hens are extremely stubborn about brooding in the location they have selected and will refuse to brood elsewhere. They literally bond to that nest.
If the location is safe enough, or you can do some subdividing, I simply let them work from it.
Otherwise, you've got a hen that is making brooding problematic. You may choose not to use her and try to break her....which if they are this stubborn, can be a problem as well.
So back to: If I can subdivide or create a better situation for that hen in the spot she has chosen, I will.
I've made wonderful brooding nests which they turn their beaks up at. Sometimes you just can't win unless you lock them into a broody hutch 24x7 so that the only place they can become broody is that hutch. (Which I did with my banties).
yeah we made em an insulated coop they didn't like either, the babies sure like it though, will do more investigating on breaking broodies, tried a cage with just food and water and that didn't break them either so gonna have to do some more reading on breaking them but they seem pretty determined
It's been rainy today so I have been in the shop working on the nesting/brooding boxes for the new coop. My plan is to have a 'open' laying area above a private brooding box that will have the option of also having a fenced in little pen for the new chicks.
Question. Given some of the posts I've been reading about hens resisting being moved once they start to brood, should I give my hens access to the broody nesting box at all times so that they will have no objection to being in it if they are brooding? It would mean that they would have the option of laying in that nest as well as the 'upstairs' nesting box. Except in the event of a broody hen, then she alone would have access to the lower, broody nest box and mini run.
My lone broody was pretty obvious when she went broody so my thinking is that maybe it would be less traumatic for them if they were familiar with the broody nest.
If you have tried 3 days and it did not work----try 5 days. Is your wire bottom pen/cage elevated----up in the air?
Edited by PD-Riverman - 5/20/16 at 6:56pm