Broody hen HELP!

WooingWyandotte

Crowing
9 Years
Apr 25, 2011
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55
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Nor cal
This broody hen has sat on icecubes, her eggs are taken away, and we've even dipped her in water! Any other ideas? None have worked!
 

pgpoultry

Songster
10 Years
Oct 16, 2009
2,290
37
191
Wales
Oh dear......maybe you don't want to hear this.....give her a couple of fertile eggs. I am a softie and it ALWAYS works.
 

Ilovemyladies!

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 10, 2011
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0
89
Hills of Kentucky
Give her golfballs or plastic easter eggs. After a few days she'll realize that they aren't real eggs-- or at least mine did. And yes, try the cage method. Works great!!
 

Cowgirl71

Songster
9 Years
Feb 5, 2010
3,176
76
221
Missouri Ozarks
The only sure-fire way I've been able to break mine is caging them (other than letting them hatch and raise chicks). I put a dog crate in the coop, with food and water, and then keep the hen in there for three days. It's always worked for me!
 

Judy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
34,024
535
448
South Georgia
I just read of a method someone used that worked several times for them. It does require a wire bottom cage, also a small fan. Put her in the cage, no nesting material, prop the cage up, put a pan of water under the cage, run a small fan over the water. It's the cage method with added cooling to her bottom side.

I've had them stay broody for months sitting on golf balls of just an empty nest.
 

woody1

Songster
9 Years
Dec 8, 2010
124
17
151
Just North of the PRK
The "broody coop" should work. Always has for me but after you've let them set for a few days it may take longer to work. All I've ever used for a "broody coop" is a wire cage off the ground (or floor) with food (layer ration) and water. Regards, Woody
 

AlbionWood

Songster
9 Years
May 24, 2010
331
5
111
Albion, California
Ilovemyladies! :

Give her golfballs or plastic easter eggs. After a few days she'll realize that they aren't real eggs-- or at least mine did.

I think you just got lucky there. Giving them anything that resembles an egg is usually guaranteed to make them brood even more stubbornly. It was hilarious to watch ours fiercely brooding a golf ball until we accumulated a clutch of real eggs for her!​
 

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