2-4 weeks later and the hens are broody again

annierose

In the Brooder
Jun 22, 2020
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We just got back to laying eggs and my plymouth barred rock and Sussex coronation are broody...AGAIN. :th
One of my silkies could be showing some signs of broodiness.

I got one silkie and one isa brown that did not go broody 4 weeks ago and are not showing signs.

Hens are aged 9-11 months old.
 

annierose

In the Brooder
Jun 22, 2020
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Melbourne, Australia
They can be determined.
sooo determined!

I've looked at doing the hen 'prison' currently got one locked in the run (during the day) so the others can lay their eggs in the coop. Once everyone has laid then she is released and hen house is closed.
But at night time she back in her nesting box, unfortunately i can't move her because the top hen (who's showing some signs of broodiness, definitely aggression) will aggressively peck her on the perch.

So i wondering whether to buy one of those dog crates however i couldn't put the two hens together due to aggression and don't want to buy two crates.
Any suggestions
 

annierose

In the Brooder
Jun 22, 2020
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Melbourne, Australia
A big enough crate can house 2 or 3 broodies, as long as they aren't hating on each other too much.
unfortunately the two big hens hate on each other, competing for top hen.

now one of my silkies is officially broody.
As we're going into summer - today being a hot day. I can only think It's the heat thats triggering the broodiness. Can't have them sitting in a hot hen house all day being broody- result would be a roast chicken!!
 

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