i have 2 hens that have been broody for almost 2 months. i gave them eggs to hatch but they killed the babies. now they are sitting on nothing but won't stop brooding. i make them go out in the yard at least once a day but they are very thin and i'm worried about them. they are family to us. plus the one hen that isn't broody has taken to laying eggs in the yard since she can't always get an open nest box. any suggestions? i've read about using a wire cage but that really wouldn't be possible.
how to stop a broody?
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Well if you can't do a wire floor there are other options. Get a dag crate and put minimal shavings in their and just put the birds in there just don't food and water. I also think I read that a dunk in water helps to break the habit. Never tried any of these but that is what I have read. The main thing is to make the chicken uncomfortable.
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Friends of mine have placed bags of frozen peas under their broodies and claim it works well. I have yet to try it.
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