broody chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bondo Chicks, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. Bondo Chicks

    Bondo Chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 24, 2014
    Kirkwood, New York
    I have a hen that is broody and is very hard to get her to stop. I take off the nest and walk around with her and put her in the run, the next thing I know is she on the nest again. Now when I chase her off the nest she puffs up her features, puts up her tail and put her wings out (just a little), she looks like a turkey. That is going on whit her?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    She's broody, that's what they do.
    You can keep throwing her off the nest and eventually she will give up....or you can use a broody breaker crate.

    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.


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