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We're raising four lovely hens in an Omelet.com CUBE with attached predator proof run.  One of the girls, a black Araucauna, has become broody for the second time in two months.  The first time we separated Jeannie from the other girls by placing her in a smaller Eglu contraption in which we put bricks in the nesting box to discourage her constant need to roost.   In a few days she seemed cured, but what a hassle!  She created pandemonium in her panic to escape and return to her favorite nesting area.

So, this time we decided to let her broodiness run its course.  She is into the fourth week now of sitting on her imaginary eggs (I take the real ones out as soon as the other girls lay them.  No rooster, so no viable chicks to be.)  Every two hours or so, I take her out, and she will drink water, eat a few crumbles, dust bathe, scratch, but within ten minutes she is squawking to get back into the nesting box.....She is also the low hen of the pecking order and endures frequent peck from her sisters who seem semi--annoyed by her weird behavior.   I'd greatly appreciate any tips regarding the best way to handle this broody state?

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frow and welcome-byc from Ohio. So glad you joined. To break a broody hen, she should be put in a cage and put somewhere in total darkness for a few days. It should break her. If it doesn't try it again for a couple more days. It worked for me.  thumbsup

TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
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Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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post #3 of 11

try putting ice under her.  It workded for one of mine!

I love seramas!

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I love seramas!

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I kept one locked out of the coop for 3-4 days and it broke her.

Proud owner of 3 Red Star hens, 5 white silkies, 1 buff silkie, 1 silkie/red star mix, 2 NH Reds, 3 barred Rocks, 3 Black stars, 1 white terrier mix, 1 hard headed fat Chihuahua, 2 schnauzer mixes, 1 giant male tabby cat (bigger than any of the dogs), and one loving/patient SO, 2 stepsons, and a meal worm colony.  Gig' em Aggies!

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Proud owner of 3 Red Star hens, 5 white silkies, 1 buff silkie, 1 silkie/red star mix, 2 NH Reds, 3 barred Rocks, 3 Black stars, 1 white terrier mix, 1 hard headed fat Chihuahua, 2 schnauzer mixes, 1 giant male tabby cat (bigger than any of the dogs), and one loving/patient SO, 2 stepsons, and a meal worm colony.  Gig' em Aggies!

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welcome-byc

Broodiness is definitely a pain to deal with! I have not had personal experience with this yet but I have read a few posts regarding breaking broody hens in the "managing your flock" section of BYC, you can also do a search on the main page for Broodiness and find previous threads that will have a wealth of information! Good luck! fl

2010-2011 "Tully" my Aracuanna, "Sunny" my Golden Comet, "Tank" our Khaki Campbell Drake RIP

Proud Mama to a Rhode Island Red "RED", Mallard Duck "DUCKIE",  2 Golden Comets "Haley and Izzy,", an unknown breed hen "HOBO", Beautiful Pekin Duck "Perry", a Boston Terrier "BAILEY",  a Boxer "JUNO", 3 ornery cats "Katniss, FLAPJACK, and LUCY-FURR", and a parrot fish "HONEY".

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2010-2011 "Tully" my Aracuanna, "Sunny" my Golden Comet, "Tank" our Khaki Campbell Drake RIP

Proud Mama to a Rhode Island Red "RED", Mallard Duck "DUCKIE",  2 Golden Comets "Haley and Izzy,", an unknown breed hen "HOBO", Beautiful Pekin Duck "Perry", a Boston Terrier "BAILEY",  a Boxer "JUNO", 3 ornery cats "Katniss, FLAPJACK, and LUCY-FURR", and a parrot fish "HONEY".

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post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all of your suggestions on how to break a broody hen; I'll keep you posted on Jeannie's status!

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frow & welcome-byc from Alabama.

9/28/2013 RIP Verity. . . You'll always be in our hearts.

 

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9/28/2013 RIP Verity. . . You'll always be in our hearts.

 

Check out my Blog: The Country Chick                          And be sure to check out our soap shop on Etsy, here.

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welcome-byc

. 25 chickens, 8 boer goats, a team of red and white holstein working steers (oxen), a team of grey percherons, a blue heeler and a Jack russel and breeding lionhead rabbits.
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. 25 chickens, 8 boer goats, a team of red and white holstein working steers (oxen), a team of grey percherons, a blue heeler and a Jack russel and breeding lionhead rabbits.
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welcome-byc from Indiana!!!!! frow

1 Standard White Leghorn Cock, Bantams: 1 Blue Wyandotte cock and 1 hen, 2 black Wyandotte hens, 1 SLW hen, 2 Serama cocks, 3 Serama hens,1 Serama cockerel, 1 silkied Serama Cock  . Also Coturnix quail and Golden Yellow Pheasants.

Rest In Peace Sandy, Newbie, Coal, Diamond, my angel Coco, Krispy, Iona, Pearl and Claire....You will be missed forever.

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1 Standard White Leghorn Cock, Bantams: 1 Blue Wyandotte cock and 1 hen, 2 black Wyandotte hens, 1 SLW hen, 2 Serama cocks, 3 Serama hens,1 Serama cockerel, 1 silkied Serama Cock  . Also Coturnix quail and Golden Yellow Pheasants.

Rest In Peace Sandy, Newbie, Coal, Diamond, my angel Coco, Krispy, Iona, Pearl and Claire....You will be missed forever.

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Hello frow from Hesperia,CA and welcome-bycyippiechickieD

Im a guy that has 1 Light Brown Leghorn Rooster, 1 RIR Light Brown leghorn cross Roo, 9 Hens, a RIR, Black Star, Australorp, 1 Easter Eggers, 2 Cochin mix Banties, White Bearded Silkie, and what looks like a Cuckoo Marans mix hen as pets. and 3 mix breed hens
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Im a guy that has 1 Light Brown Leghorn Rooster, 1 RIR Light Brown leghorn cross Roo, 9 Hens, a RIR, Black Star, Australorp, 1 Easter Eggers, 2 Cochin mix Banties, White Bearded Silkie, and what looks like a Cuckoo Marans mix hen as pets. and 3 mix breed hens
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