Originally Posted by Black Beauties
any thoughts will be appreciated
I'm confused, do you want her to be broody or are you wanting to break her of being broody? What other things are you concerned about, do you believe she may be ill? Although its not typical for hens to go broody in the winter I am having a not normal year, I keep getting them going broody in pairs, the one I finally allowed was the most stubborn so I gave in and let her have eggs, but its not the hens I worry about but the chicks once they hatch..
I'm not here a lot so I'll follow up with my own suggestions either way.
Chickens can stand the cold way better then us humans, what we deem cold is not for them. I do not heat my coop and its open on one side, here in the pacific Northwest a few years ago we had a severe cold spell (for us anyways) it stayed around 0 or lower for nearly two weeks.. I didn't lose any chickens.
If you want to break her (I am breaking a hen as we speak) then what I do is place them in a wire bottom cage suspended off the ground with no bedding, the cold air hitting their bellies is what does the trick, depending on the stubbornness of your hen it could take anywhere from 2 nights and days to a whole week.
I also have a brooding hen, I gave her eggs 4 days ago.. She is in a nest within the main coop, I board up her nest during most of the day so the other hens wont bother her and let her out an hour or so before dusk. She is no bothered by the cold at all.
I wouldn't think of bringing her into the house but again, that's just me