Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WillyJ, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. WillyJ

    WillyJ New Egg

    Jun 22, 2015
    If one hen starts brooding will the others start as well? This is something I don't want. Wasn't sure if she needed to be separated.
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They might, they might can be contagious, especially if you have broodier breeds.

    You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out some chicks, and how you will 'manage' it.
    Do you have or can you get some fertile eggs?
    Do you have the space needed? She may need to be separated by wire from the rest of the flock.
    Do you have a plan on what to do with the inevitable males? Rehome, butcher, keep in separate 'bachelor pad'?
    If you decide to let her hatch out some fertile eggs, this is a great thread for reference and to ask questions.
    It a long one but just start reading the first few pages, then browse thru some more at random.

    If you don't want her to hatch out chicks, best to break her promptly.
    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
    Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.
  3. WillyJ

    WillyJ New Egg

    Jun 22, 2015
    Thanks for the advice. My eggs are not fertilized so I definitely need to break her. As far as my other breeds go I have leg horns and Rhode Island reds

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