Brooding Hen for no reason!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sooner Chic-en, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Sooner Chic-en

    Sooner Chic-en Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in need of some serious help, I have 19 RIR hens, but no rooster.. however, I have a hen that thinks she's sitting, and I can't keep her off the nest no matter what...I haven't seen where she has eaten much at all, and I'm very concerned for her health, is this normal for hens to do this?
     
  2. Sooner Chic-en

    Sooner Chic-en Out Of The Brooder

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    btw, she has been doing this for over a week..
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] Yes its normal, and pretty difficult to break. there are lots of suggestions around the forum from ice to putting the hen in a cage.

    I left my hen to sit for a while, each day I would bring her out when I threw sunflower seeds for the troup. After that didn't work, I finally removed the nest box she was in - and that worked. She finally gave up.
     
  4. Sooner Chic-en

    Sooner Chic-en Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks a lot, makes me feel better... now if I can figure a way to get her off the nest [​IMG]
     
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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    First..... [​IMG]


    Do a search (at the top of the page) on "how to break a broody" !!

    Or order some fetile eggs and let her hatch them !!
     

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