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Broody Hen Complications

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickengoober, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. chickengoober

    chickengoober Chirping

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    I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. One of my BO has gone broody and I've read on here that the way to 'break' a broody is to keep her in a cage that's been elevated so the cool air lowers her body temperature. The cage I have is actually a fairly large kennel. It fits in the run just fine and Opal (the hen) seems fine in it but when I elevate it, I can't help but worry about her feet getting caught in the wire or falling through it. The squares/rectangles are approx. 1" by 3" there's a picture, but it was taken at night and I'm not sure if it'll be much help. Is this something to worry about or am I just beeing a paranoid chicken momma?[​IMG]
    There's my beautiful hand as a reference [​IMG]
     

  2. dainerra

    dainerra Crowing

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    with squares that big, she would be really at danger from predators as well as hurting her legs.
     
  3. chickengoober

    chickengoober Chirping

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    Thanks for the answer. She'd be in te run as well so there would definatly be no predators getting at her, but I suppose that's no longer relevant [​IMG]. I'll just have to find me a more suited cage.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

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    I use a similar cage but just set it on the floor in the middle of the coop
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Excellent solution!
     
  6. chickengoober

    chickengoober Chirping

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    Thank ya'll for the suggestions [​IMG]. I think what I'll do is keep her in my (new) wire cage with smaller holes. She will be broken...maybe we'll have chicks next time[​IMG]
     
  7. chickengoober

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    So heres the update and another question.[​IMG] I have the floor problem fixed... as you can see in these pictures. I used a chicken wirey thing to reinforce the bottom and make it so Opal's feet-sies don't get caught. Would I leave her in it over night? bcause it's been getting quite cold here, and I can't fit it in the coop, I would be afraid to keep her outside in the cold but I know she'll stay in the nesting boxes if I let her sleep in the coop. Ah, what to do. [​IMG] Here are the picks...
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  8. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

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    I was going to suggest just laying a patch of hardware cloth over the floor of the cage with the large mesh, but you managed to find a cage exactly like the one I use for my broody-breaking.

    I leave mine in their cage inside the run during the day so they don't get lonely and lose their pecking order status, but at night they get moved into the garage with a fan blowing under the cage all night. I really believe the fan accelerates the process, and mine are broken by the third day.

    Good luck!
     

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