After breaking a broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by llnmaw, May 31, 2012.

  1. llnmaw

    llnmaw Chirping

    Feb 22, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    When might I expect eggs again?

    She was a tough nut to crack, but finally she is back with her buddies in the coop, ranging as she should and generally staying outta the nest. It's been 2 nights that she successfully joined the gang.

    I'm sure there is a wide variance of normal...but??
  2. rachlore

    rachlore Songster

    Apr 24, 2012
    Southern US
    HOW DID YOU BREAK HER??????????????? I only know two tricks on how to break broodiness! i must know your trick!
  3. Erin K

    Erin K Chirping

    Aug 3, 2011
    I also need to know. My Nancy and "The Turken" both are finally back with the flock, acting normal and such. It has been about a week though and no eggs from them. They were my two best layers before this going broody at the same time nonsense.

    I didn't "break" mine, I tried stuff but finally just gave up and waited it out.
  4. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    The sure-fire method of breaking a broody is the wire-mesh bottom cage with no bedding. To really expedite the process, add a fan to blow on her under parts at night. Usually it takes about three days and a couple nights and the broody will lose interest in nest-sitting.

    I just got through breaking a broody, and that's how long it took. The longest it's ever taken with the wire cage method with a very stubborn broody was four days.

    I've never had any luck whatsoever with ice packs and cold water dunking. Trying to keep a broody off a nest is also an exercise in futility.

    Also, you can expect eggs again in about a week.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2012

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    I also have always had success with using a wire floored cage. The fan is a nice [and somewhat amusing] touch. I suppose haveing a constant breeze on their butt is disconcerting.
    In my experience they also generally resume laying pretty quickly.
  6. ceeceeholt

    ceeceeholt Songster

    Aug 17, 2011
    I too, used the wire cage method. 3 days was the longest the broodies needed to be in the cage. My BO took a week to begin laying again, a WL only tood 4 days. I am still waiting on 2 other BO's it has been over a week on both:( hopefully soon!

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