Originally Posted by Anniebee Teila
..... another of my strange suggestions.
When my girls are laying they squat ( as most chooks do ) - for me, our dog Ruby, or anything else that moves - when the mood strikes ( as it were ).
Would squat for a large floating twig of leaves - at that.
Yes, I did suggest a hormone or herb extract that you might find to assist the situation. That was a few weeks back now and agree again now, with potato chip
has mentioned being jumped on by roosters every time they get off the nest, so I take it that broodies are not averse to male attention ??.
My thought is, and I do this for my girls when they squat - is give your broodies each a good scratch on their backs, neck, and near their tails. Basically a good strong scratch from head to rear. They react well, fluff themselves up - and that is an end
to it .... they want no more attention.
We all know you wouldn't of course, part with your gorgeous chickens ( who continue with the chook version of "World Championship Wrestling" ) ..... but if they are looking for some companionship, and are happy with a scratch that simulates - - - why not try that with Cilla, Kiki and others.
Might save a lot of effort on your part in separating them all the time, and give them a sense of having been covered ( wow - eggs 'n babies soon !!! ) .... yippee ...
Yeah - I know it sounds weird and a little off --- but I think it is worth a try. And the turmeric as mentioned by Fancy,
sounds like a plan too ..... must remember that myself - perhaps to stimulate further egg laying by my Mandy Welsummer who seems to have decided she is past menopause. !!!
She has laid just 2 eggs in about 5 weeks. And whatever moult she was in, seems to have ended, but no further eggs. She just struts about, growling a lot !! Her comb goes from pink to red almost every other hour !!!
... But she is happy - and dominant enough to peck at Molly over special "Mum's" food, ( which I stand guard over while they eat most of it, just to stop any punch-ups ). Doesn't take long - they are real gormandisers.
Again - good luck with it all Teila.