Originally Posted by ChickenCanoe
They don't always stop. If you don't intend for a broody hen to hatch chicks, you need to break them. The sooner the better and the more smoothly it goes.
There are many techniques but most take a long time and lots of labor. The simplest, quickest, tried and true method is to put them in a suspended wire bottom cage with food and water. If caught early, it will be over in 2 days.
I know a woman that had a pet turkey go broody and didn't break it. After a long time, she spent 3,000 in vet bills and months of physical therapy and the bird still died. I know, I buried it for her.
Why does the cage have to be suspended in the air? Does leaving the cage on the coop floor or outdoors not work sometimes? I have a Cornish in a wire bottom cage, but the wire bottom is about a half inch off the bedding. I'm on day 3, she's still puffy and clucky and heads back to the nest when I let her out for a break (a few times a day). Then I pick her up and back into the cage she goes. During the day she's out doors in the cage in a shady spot with food and water, at night she's in the cage on the coop floor. It's a pretty small cage for such a large hen, she's pretty cramped in there.
If I let her hatch some eggs (I am NOT planning on letting her do that) will it take longer for her to be broody again? So far she's gone broody every 4-5 weeks, the cage has worked in a few days before but this time she seems more determined to stay broody. I really like this hen, she's a poor example of her breed but she's huge and very docile. She's never pecked at me when I pick her up. She'll hopefully make a good broody someday, but I don't want her hatching chicks right now.