Originally Posted by potato chip
So, even by chicken standards, they aren't behaving "right", it's not just the "thwarting" of their instincts going on? When I was thinking about the potential for "hormone replacement therapy", I was thinking "they must have something for this, what do the chicken farmers do?" and then realised that, unlike cats and dogs, chickens are (viewed as) "dispensible". Show signs of "trouble" in a commercial outfit and you stop being a laying hen and be a table bird.
We need Cher from that movie "Snap outta it!"
Are your girls related? Is it strange to have several broody hens?
potato chip - - - - Admittedly, I only have 3 chickens, and only one of them has shown broodiness on several occasions now. ... Mindy Araucana.
If weather permits, I lock her out of her comfort zone ( her coop - with lovely places to sit in broody mode ) ... bring out the food and water into the run --- and let her be for 3 or 4 days, locking her up at night when she is docile. She is a lone chicken, as one of my larger girls hates her, and would murder her in an instant. Two are separated from one..
Breaks Mindy easily. If weather did not permit - I would bring her inside for 3 days - on straw, in the main bathroom ( which is easily cleaned ) with her food and water. Anything possible to get their minds off their usual retreats and their hormonal uproars.
But then - I only have 3 chickens, and only one who has ever gone broody. !!
Apparently it is not strange to have more than a few broody hens at a time - as Teila confirmed in a previous post - they 'bring one another on" " start each other up " into broody stages.
Edited by Anniebee - 1/24/16 at 7:55am