After breaking a broody

llnmaw

Chirping
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Feb 22, 2011
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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??
 

Erin K

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Aug 3, 2011
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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.
 

azygous

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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.
 
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NYREDS

Crowing
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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.
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.
 

ceeceeholt

Songster
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Aug 17, 2011
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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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