Broody box questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by annabelle4876, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. annabelle4876

    annabelle4876 New Egg

    Apr 13, 2016
    i have 2 questions about broody boxes I can't find answers to.
    1 - should you cover it at night? I imagine it's quite cold. It gets down to about 50 here at night right now.
    2 - do you out a roost in there? Or just a wire floor?
    My stubborn girl just spent 3 days in solitary and I am worried we did it wrong because she is still broody.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Your broody box should be inside your coop or somewhere with similar temperatures, so covering it isn't an issue. Don't keep it in a drafty area. Some do okay just being moved off their chosen sitting site and not being able to return to it.

    My box has a roost to sit on. Very stubborn broodies require a wire bottom, they will sit down in the cage and you need them to not be able to sit tight and warm up, that why the wire bottom. Some can take up to 5 days. I wait until they stop making the clucking noise. Some fool me and I have to recapture and try again.

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