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Breaking a broody hen that is still laying question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DS17, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. DS17

    DS17 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2015
    I have a hen who is I think is broody. She is laying but she stays in the nesting box when she is done. I kick her out only to find her sitting on other hens eggs. Last night & tonight I found her in the nesting boxes again when I went out to lock up the coop. I put her on the roost only to have her jump down and go into the nesting box again. And I tried dunking her in water earlier today. So I put her in the breaker cage for the night when she jumped off the roost to nest. How does keeping her in breaking box and her still laying work? I should mention, every time I find her in the nesting box she flairs out and cusses up a blue streak . The other hen I had that went broody wasn't laying when she went broody so I'm not really sure how to deal with this.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Don't dunk them, it doesn't work. She should break quickly, I've caught them early like that, she will lay in the broody box if she needs to, check her after two days, otherwise there days should be enough.
  3. DS17

    DS17 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2015
    Thank you so much for your response! I've been concerned if she would continue to lay or if it would cause problems.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Won't hurt her to lay an egg in breaker cage, I'd remove the egg asap tho,
    just so it won't be broken or give her something to 'sit' on.
    Odd tho, that she's still laying, what breed is she?

    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
    Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.
  5. DS17

    DS17 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2015
    I think she is a Cochin partridge bantum. I have two and they like to take turns been broody, they are just a year old. The other bantum was just like you described, stopped laying but was in a box regardless of eggs or not. I have a very similar set up like you have. It worked well last month with the other
    bantum. I'm glad to hear from other that she will keep laying in the breaker if she needs too!
  6. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    I've had that happen where a broody shows all the signs of being full-on broody, but she still has an egg or two to lay before her chute shuts down. You've probably already seen the last of the eggs now until after she's broken.

    Like the others have said, it doesn't hurt anything. Unless you're picking your broody off the nest and you have an egg suddenly slip out and break all over your feet, as as happened to me on more than one occasion. [​IMG]
  7. DS17

    DS17 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2015
    I hate it when that happens!

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