Broody Hen laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greenshoes, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. greenshoes

    greenshoes Out Of The Brooder

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    So heres the deal. I have a RIR pullet who has been laying for about 6 weeks (ive owned her for about a month). For the last week or so, she has been displaying broody behaviours. She is clucking constantly, spending hours on end in the nesting box, regardless of whether she has eggs under her or not. She has plucked out feathers from her chest to line her nest, and she fluffs
    herself up and pancakes into the nest when i try to get her out. The thing is though, she is still laying. So, is she actually broody? I dont have a rooster and i don't want chicks so will not be buying fertilised eggs for her. I want her to keep laying and go back to being her regular self...is a broody buster required? What should I do?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    They will lay to acquire a clutch, then stop laying and start brooding, some of mine will do this, laying for a few days before quitting, I still start breaking them because the sooner you start the sooner they will break.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    *2 - the sooner you break broodiness the better. Put her in a small coop (with food and water) suspended above the ground - i do this for 4 days and it usually does the trick.

    CT
     
  4. J6 darlings

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    My 6 1/2 month old barred rock, Speckles, is also sitting on the days worth of eggs and puffing up and cacking at me when I remove her from the nest and make her go out of their pen area for their daily grass feed. She also is sleeping in their egg laying box. I have a silver laced rooster, Tom, and I have NO intentions of having any new chicks in the near future. Speckles is not removing any feathers as of yet. I enjoy her mothering sounds, reminds me of my childhood days on our chicken farm.....
    Hope someone can help you figure this out, as I will be reading their replies to you also.
     
  5. J6 darlings

    J6 darlings Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you mean...."Suspended above the ground?"
     
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    ......
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    in a wire cage off the ground so they can't sit tight and heat up, suspended off the ground for good air circulation.
     
  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Thanks for providing the feedback - sorry i was responding to another thread.
     
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  9. greenshoes

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    Great thanks everyone. Have put her in a wire cage up on a couple of pieces of wood to sort air flow. The others are very curious about it, and shes not too impressed, but hopefully she will snap out of it soon...Thanks for all of your advice [​IMG]
     
  10. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You're very welcome!
     

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