Breaking a Broody

Crooked Beak

Hatching
11 Years
Jan 5, 2009
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Help I need advice on breaking my Broody girl. It's been two weeks, she sits there all night/day. I don't want any more chicks, and don't have a rooster. Any ideas on how to break her? I tried ice cubes, and I keep pulling her out of the box, any other tricks???
 
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Hangin Wit My Peeps

AutumnBreezeChickens.com
11 Years
Apr 20, 2008
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Birnamwood, Wisconsin
What I did with mine is put her in a cage with no food or water for four hours and when I put her back in with the hens she was broke! She was pretty easy. Not all are going to be that easy though. Good luck!
 

scooter147

Songster
11 Years
Jul 30, 2008
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Missouri
Put her in a wire bottom cage that is elivated a couple of feet off the ground. Do not provide anything to sit on not even a roost pole. Do provide food and water. I usually leave them in the cage for at least 5 days.
I use this method with a very good success rate.
I will tell you there are some hens that this does not work on, the broody gene is just too strong.
I have two now that I actually have sitting on eggs. After they rear their chicks they will lay for about a week to 10 days and go back to being broody. I have NEVER been able to break these two up so I don't even try any more. They are just mixed breed hens.
 
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Chicky Tocks

Songster
11 Years
Oct 20, 2008
3,213
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Benton, Arkansas
In my avatar picture I am attempting to break my broody by threatening her with a turkey baster. It didn't work.

In my experience, I would just toss her off the nest. All of my broodys eventually got the message and went back to normal chickenry.
 

Hangin Wit My Peeps

AutumnBreezeChickens.com
11 Years
Apr 20, 2008
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Birnamwood, Wisconsin
In my avatar picture I am attempting to break my broody by threatening her with a turkey baster. It didn't work.



I know with mine, I spent an hour just throwing her off the nest...she kept going back clucking all the way LOL Then when I put her in a small cage for four hours she snapped out of it. She had already laid on eggs for 21 days though and was eating them so I took them away from her. She wanted to continue to sit anyhow. She was totally normal when I put her back in the run
 

hippichick

Songster
11 Years
Apr 13, 2008
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Branch, La
I do the same thing Scooter does. Put her in a wire bottom cage, like a Cockateil or other bird cage and hang it up. Give her food and water. Sometimes it takes a day or two-sometimes longer. Just depends on the hen, but it usually works. Good luck.

Paula:)
 
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