Breaking a broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rooster58, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. rooster58

    rooster58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you break a broody hen by taking her out of the nest and putting her on roost after dark every night?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    A broody bird will simply hop off the roost and make her way back to her nest, or anywhere else that she can nest down - even in the dark.
     
  3. rooster58

    rooster58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well shoot.
     
  4. Elemes

    Elemes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As sweet as we try to be they are pretty determined. Mine need 3-4 straight days in a crate (wire dog cage) before they shake the brood. :/
     
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  5. rooster58

    rooster58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guess it's time to break out the cage. Broodiness is contagious. I have a bantem chochin mix that went broody almost two weeks ago so I put eggs under her. I've also got 18 in the bator right now. If I let every hen have eggs I'll be overrun. Lol
     
  6. ChickNanny13

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    I had a broody, read that keep removing from the nest during the day & at night put her on the roost with the rest. My girls just started laying in Dec, one went broody towards the end of last month. I finally figured out what was going on 3 days, read a thread about removing & putting on the roost at night or wire cage.

    I chose to do the removing & roost. It was alot of in and out of the house to check & remove her from the nest during the day, as well as to eat. I also removed the plastic eggs I had in the nest since they were first timers. At night/dark finding her in the nest, I removed her & put her on the roost with the rest. Did it 2 consecutive days, third day she was out but when I saw her in the nest I would take her out, hoping she didn't really want to lay. That night I checked and she was on the roost with the rest. So it works and I'm glad it did cause I don't have a wire cage & would feel terrible having her locked up in that while the rest were out [​IMG]
     
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  7. rooster58

    rooster58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is encouraging. I figure I'll try it. Sure isn't gonna hurt to try.
     
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    [​IMG] Drag out the popcorn, ha ha! That's how I figured it, would try the "easiest" in the mean time was looking into the cost/ordering of a wire cage. I just didn't want to separate her nor lock her up [​IMG] Good luck, hope it works for you. Think the sooner it's done the better?
     
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  9. rooster58

    rooster58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well surprise surprise. She took her self to roost tonight. Let's hope I can keep it up and convince her that she really doesn't want to brood right now. Lol
     
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  10. Elemes

    Elemes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ChickNanny's method doesn't work on my girl, she finds her way into the box from the roost. I tried that first - she doesn't mind the crate, really. She seems pretty comfortable.
    Must have heard me talking about her broodiness, by the way, she started back again today. :p
     

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