bantam cochin vs. R.I. Reds in the nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by urbanfred, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. urbanfred

    urbanfred In the Brooder

    May 11, 2007
    My white, featherlegged, bantam cochin (Marilyn) goes broody every three months or so. Her R.I. Red sisters (Rhonda and Rhoda) share a nest box with her. They will only use one box, even thought there are two, side-by-side.
    When Marilyn starts setting, there is competition for the box and Marilyn gets picked on for not moving. The reds never go broody, so no issues there. Any thoughts on what can be done?
    We have no roos (city ordinance) and no plans for chicks. I wish Marilyn wouldn't set, because she gets so skinny and sad looking, and all for nothing. I'd love suggestions....
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    You can try breaking her by setting in her in a wire bottom cage and hang it up with her in it for a few days. Of course let her out and feed her but the situation would be uncomfortable to nest so she might snap out of it.

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