Broody hen HELP!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WooingWyandotte, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Overrun With Chickens

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    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!
     
  2. kannna

    kannna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of chicken is she? Have you tried the wire cage method?
     
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  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. Ilovemyladies!

    Ilovemyladies! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!!
     
  5. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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! [​IMG]
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  7. WooingWyandotte

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    Thanks for all the helpful replies! And she is a Rhode Island Red.
     
  8. woody1

    woody1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  9. AlbionWood

    AlbionWood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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