Bootin' a broody chicken out of the nestbox.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lindseythefork, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Disclaimer: we have no rooster.

    My Jersey Giant hen refuses to leave the nest box. I don't know how many times I've gone out there and moved her out of the coop. Eggs or no eggs under her, she's always in there. What gives?? Should I just let her be or what? I worry about her getting skinny from not pecking around all day like the other girls.
     
  2. BigIslandChicks

    BigIslandChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ive heard to break them you can put them in a small cage (like one for transporting or quarantine) with no bedding or straw in it - just some food and water and they will eventually give in and give up (for a while) or you could give in and get her some fertilized eggs!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've thought about putting some eggs under her.. right now I am trying to catch a racoon (although I am ended up with the neighborhood skunk population instead) so I don't think we're prepared for it just yet. I'd rather her just lay some eggs and eat some bugs!
     
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Best way to break a hen of broodiness is a cage, but it should be one with a wire bottom, and up off the ground. This way she can't sit and hold heat under her. Or yes, fertile eggs if you can get them [​IMG]
     
  5. Lizziespeeps

    Lizziespeeps Out Of The Brooder

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    A old farmer said to dunk the hen in a bucket of water and put her back in your coop but not on the nest. I never tryed it.
     
  6. kowell275

    kowell275 Out Of The Brooder

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    where do you put the cage when she is in it can you put her in the coop during the night?[​IMG]
     
  7. Lucysmom002

    Lucysmom002 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my BR and RIR went broody a week ago or so, no one is laying because they are molting so I closed the door on them, they are forced to stay outside, they got over it!
     
  8. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my first batch of chickens..they hatched in Feb. this year. Would a hen go broody this young? Also it is very hot and although I would really like chicks (really) Im afraid my hen will be in real heat trouble if I let her try to sit in there without moving around. She got on yesterday, has about 3 eggs under her (not all hers) and has been on there all night. I hope it isnt that she is egg bound or something. Any thoughts? Kick her off and wait til spring?
     
  9. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Quote:Yes. My cage is actually built into the coop. It started out as a brooder (with a tray on the bottom that I can take out), now it just sits there and is used for whatever I need it for.
     
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