Breaking a broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pathognomonic, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. pathognomonic

    pathognomonic Chirping

    Jun 9, 2013
    I bought a 12 month old barred rock hen about 10 days ago. The seller had just taken her off some eggs, I'm trying to convince her that they aren't there any more. I can't keep her with the other hens I bought (I have two separate flocks, this group is a set of 5 that I bought together) because they've taken to the natural chicken tactic of attacking the weak. She's currently living next to them. She has the classic zombie broody hen look going. I make her get up and move around, but does anyone have a suggestion as to something that can get her back to the living a little faster?
  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Crowing

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    I have had success with putting mine in a cage with an open bottom, elevated slightly so that air circulates on her naked belly. This doesn't allow her to get that nice snuggly warm feeling and seems to help them snap out of it. Doesn't always work but worth a try. Good luck.
  3. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Songster

    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    I do that too. Breaks them in about 3-4 days.
  4. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Crowing

    Mar 30, 2012
    River Valley, AR
    I just put one of my broodys in the cage today. She was not too thrilled with me. I really would like her to brood some eggs for me, but the timing is not good. I am hopeful that I just postpone her broodiness not completely will it out of her.
  5. tuner06

    tuner06 In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2014
    Jarrettsville MD
    Hello all I have had chickens for the past year. just got my first broody heni don't want her like this. so I've removed her from the flock with no nesting material or nesting box. she is just in my garage in a wooden 8 square ft box with just news paper on the bottom. will this help to break her. she only been like this for the past 3-4 days. thanks for any help
  6. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing

    Apr 22, 2012
    Central Pennsylvania
    If she's been like this for 3-4 days, she should be broken of her broodiness. I'm assuming she's had access to food and water during this period of isolation.

    Let her out and see if she goes back to her nest. Most likely, she'll rejoin the flock.

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