BernieMac

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Hi,
I have a lovely Cochin girl who is about 10 months old. She’s been laying for a while but this morning has been the third time she’s turned broody in the last 4 months!

We have a routine it seems. She gets broody, goes to jail, comes out 3-4 days later, becomes boss again, lays for a bit then goes broody.

I will put her back in ‘chicken jail’ this evening but is there a better way to break her? Or should I just give in and let her have a baby?

Any and all help will be appreciated.
Thank you.
 

Pullet Press

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Hi,
I have a lovely Cochin girl who is about 10 months old. She’s been laying for a while but this morning has been the third time she’s turned broody in the last 4 months!

We have a routine it seems. She gets broody, goes to jail, comes out 3-4 days later, becomes boss again, lays for a bit then goes broody.

I will put her back in ‘chicken jail’ this evening but is there a better way to break her? Or should I just give in and let her have a baby?

Any and all help will be appreciated.
Thank you.
Do you have a rooster? If not, then you probably should try to break her (I don't know how to), because all of her efforts to hatch eggs will be futile.
 

hysop

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Me personally I’d let her hatch out some chicks. Dec 11th is the perfect date since that’s when you can participate on the New Year’s Day Hatch-a-long with chicken eggs 😃
 

JaeG

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One of our Orpingtons was like that. She'd lay about 10 eggs, then go broody. I just let her go through the motions as I didn't need her to be pumping out the eggs. It did mean that she laid through both her first and second winter, so that was a bonus and worth missing out on eggs over summer for.
 

BernieMac

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May 23, 2020
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Do you have a rooster? If not, then you probably should try to break her (I don't know how to), because all of her efforts to hatch eggs will be futile.
I don’t have a rooster. I’m in suburbia so we can’t. I’m perfectly ok to keep breaking her when she goes broody but I’m just thinking of her happiness. My girls are completely spoilt so I feel I’m making this decision for her 😂
I’m waaay to soft
 

BernieMac

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May 23, 2020
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One of our Orpingtons was like that. She'd lay about 10 eggs, then go broody. I just let her go through the motions as I didn't need her to be pumping out the eggs. It did mean that she laid through both her first and second winter, so that was a bonus and worth missing out on eggs over summer for.
Yes!! It’s about 10 before she goes broody! Did you break her or just let her go? I tried to let her go the first time but she was like that for over 21 days so I broke her instead.
how old is she?
 

Pullet Press

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I don’t have a rooster. I’m in suburbia so we can’t. I’m perfectly ok to keep breaking her when she goes broody but I’m just thinking of her happiness. My girls are completely spoilt so I feel I’m making this decision for her 😂
I’m waaay to soft
If you want her to raise chicks, then maybe you could have her sit on nest (ceramic) eggs and then introduce chicks under her around 21-ish days later, IDK.
 

BernieMac

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May 23, 2020
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Me personally I’d let her hatch out some chicks. Dec 11th is the perfect date since that’s when you can participate on the New Year’s Day Hatch-a-long with chicken eggs 😃
I’m thinking about it but I can’t really have anymore chickens. I’m ok to keep going but am worried she may become sad if she is always going broody
 

hysop

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I don’t have a rooster. I’m in suburbia so we can’t. I’m perfectly ok to keep breaking her when she goes broody but I’m just thinking of her happiness. My girls are completely spoilt so I feel I’m making this decision for her 😂
I’m waaay to soft
Ohh no rooster? Then just keep breaking her. Maybe you’ll get lucky and she’ll lay longer that way like JaeG ‘s hen did.
 

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