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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.

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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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post #5 of 5

if the babies are dead then find a way to get your hen of them and throw them away and she won't get on her nest unless she's laying an egg

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