Broody Hen Help!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by snozzleberry, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. snozzleberry

    snozzleberry In the Brooder

    May 4, 2011
    My hens have been laying for 5 weeks now, and my BLR Wyandotte has gone broody. I didn't think it would be so soon. Is this normal? Her eggs are still pullet eggs. They are smaller than the other chickens' eggs. I was under the impression that they would have to get into full production mode, laying full sized eggs, for the urge to brood to set in.
    Anyway, I have heard of the wire cage and cold water bath methods. Are there any other methods that will break her of her broodiness??
    Thanks for any tips.
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    I have a serama that went broody as soon as she started laying. Let her set six eggs..her and another went back and forth and hatched three. Since then she goes broody constantly. I just get the egg out from under her, pick her up and put her out of the nest box. After about a week or so she quits. That is all I am going to do as long as she gets food and water.
  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    I have a silver penciled bantam cochin that is just 6 months old and she went broody. She just hatched 6 babies and has one more pipped in the aircell. I dont know how to stop them as I just let them have their babies and then sell the chickies I dont want to keep.
  4. AlabamaChickenLady

    AlabamaChickenLady Songster

    Jan 4, 2011
    Oak Grove, Alabama
    I just pick mine up and move them out of the way when I collect eggs. After a week or two, they stop. It's too late in the season (in my opinion) to let them hatch them out. Now come spring, and they go broody... they can have them & and hatch them. [​IMG]

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