Breaking broodiness

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pork Pie Ken, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    Two of my hens were broody for 8 weeks. As a last-ditch attempt to break their broodiness i placed one hen in a small coop, outdoors for 4 days. During that period she looked pretty cheesed off. When i released her (my hens free-range during the day time) she immediately went back to her good- old self (and even let me pet her, which she would certainly not do when she was broody!). It seems that temporary "solitary confinement" did the trick. Just thought that i would share my experience .
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Cool.

    The tried and true method is a wire bottom cage elevated off the ground to get cool air to the underside. If caught early, it only takes 2 days max.
    When I was growing up we had 100+ layers in a large henhouse and free ranging in an orchard. We had 5 homemade cages hanging from the ceiling. There were always 2 or 3 hens in solitary.

    If one isn't going to give them fertile eggs, it's better to break them immediately.
     
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    Great feedback - i will give that a try next time!
     

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