7 month old Buff Oorpington gone broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hickchick mamma, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Hickchick mamma

    Hickchick mamma New Egg

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    I have 6 Buff Oorpingtons that are 7 months old. One of the girls seems to have gone broody last week. It's December and I live in upstate NY...I can not get fertilized eggs for her to hatch and I have tried putting her in a dog crate during the day for the past 2 days but she goes right back into the nesting box. What can I do for her and will she cause the other girls to go broody? We were getting 5 to 6 eggs per day and for the past few days we are only getting 3 eggs each day.
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    It can be difficult to break a broody hen of broodieness. You may just have to let her stop being broody on her own, in her own time. I haven't had much luck getting my birds to stop being broody.

    Broodiness, in my experience, isn't "contagious". I usually only have one broody bird at a time. So, I doubt that your broody Orpington will cause all of your birds to be broody.

    If you want her to stop being broody, you can try putting her in a wire-bottomed cage. This, apparently, can make a bird not broody, as it isn't very comfortable to be sitting on wire all day.

    Unfortunately, if a hen decides to really go broody, there isn't much you can do, except wait her out.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    2 days just isn't long enough to break her from being broody, and she needs to be where she can't get to any sort of nest area. A wire bottom cage is best, hanging or elevated off the ground, day and night. Feed, water and a roost, but no nesting materials or nest box. She's not laying eggs, so none is needed. 3-5 days is the average time to break a broody, just be more persistent than she is.
     

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