1st time with a broody chicken!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kd949, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. kd949

    kd949 In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2009
    Lilly is on the nest and won't get up....she has gone broody!

    These are my first chickens (there are 3) and Lilly and Ruby just turned one year last week. (Violet is 3 months old). Anyway, I have no plans on adding to the flock, what should I do about the broody one? Should I try to get her off the nest or just let her be? Should I try to sneak the egg/eggs that she must have under her out, or leave them there? It's been 2 days, how long does this usually last? I searched the forum, but my ADD kicked in when the first 5 posts I read didn't have the info I was looking for in them and I thought I would just go ahead and post [​IMG]

    Thanks for all the help!! You guys are great!!
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    If you don't want any more chickens, then take the eggs from her. You may have to wait until she's off the nest taking a potty or food break..... if she's really, really unhappy about it. Otherwise, if she doesn't peck hard, try to reach under her and take her eggs.

    Somebody else on BYC will be able to give you pointers on "breaking" broody hens so they start to lay again.
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    If you don't want her broody - put her in a wire cage where she can feel the cool air underneath her - that usually breaks them in a few days. You'll know she's no longer broody when she lays an egg.
  4. kenora44

    kenora44 In the Brooder

    May 5, 2010
    A friend of ours put the broody hen in cold water. Took 3 times and she was very upset...seemed to work for him though, not really sure why?
  5. kd949

    kd949 In the Brooder

    Jun 5, 2009
    What happens if I just leave her alone?????[​IMG]
  6. ruthiesue

    ruthiesue In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2008
    I just leave them alone. Why try to change their genetic predisposition? It sure didn't work with all those left-handed kids that they tortured for years! Just leave her alone, collect your eggs daily, or let her set on themand hatch one or two out. Mark the ones you are going to leave with a pencil, and don't pick them up. Pretty soon she'll stop and get up and be herself again. Broodiness doesn't last forever.[​IMG]
  7. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    You can try to just let her be, and changes are good that everything will be fine.

    My hen has been broody for 5+ weeks before (it was over 2 weeks before we got any eggs under her), so if you're prepared for 5 or more weeks of no eggs, go for it. What scares me is that I've read stories about hens that have literally starved themselves to death.
  8. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Songster

    Take her off the nest whenever you see her there. Keep the eggs picked up frequently, and don't leave any fake eggs in the nest either! Take her out of the nest and put her up on the roost at night. If none of that works, and it's really bugging you, try the wire cage with good air flow underneath.
    She will survive, but she won't eat, drink, or poop normally while she's trying to set, and because it's prolonged (ie: a hen that HATCHES eggs will do so in 3 weeks or so and then start eating and drinking a LOT to catch up), it make take a significant toll on her health. They'll often get quite thin. She also won't lay any eggs while she's brooding. Some hens give up much more quickly than others, good luck!
  9. macmama

    macmama Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Gilbert AZ
    I gave mine a shower to break her-- but I would have just left her if she wasn't my ONLY hen left laying. (It's broody fever over here) I have heard it can be months before they stop... and my first one seemed determined even though she was sitting on absolutely nothing.

    BTW, I have a Lilly, Ruby, and Violet too! (and a Bluebell, Rose, Indigo, Scarlet, Ivy, Daisy, & Clover) [​IMG]
  10. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    It's broody fever at my house too. It's 95 degrees outside, i'm hardly getting any eggs, and everybody's going broody - and sitting on nothing.

    I love broodies, but broodies with nothing to sit on is pretty pointless.

    I'm thinking about some cold baths.

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