broody hen - no male

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by carolinachicken, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. carolinachicken

    carolinachicken Out Of The Brooder

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    hi everyone,

    we have a hen who seems to be broody. she sits on the nest all day and night.

    we do not have any roosters, just 4 hens.

    will she be okay? do we need to do anything for her? should someone tell her that she will not be a momma?

    thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It won't work even if you hit them over the head with a cast iron pot...
    Broodiness is a hormonal thing...

    You can try to break up the broody, BY:
    Lock her out of where ever she's sitting.
    Take away all the eggs.
    Put her in a bare wire cage with nothing in it.
    Stick an ice pack under her.

    Depending on how broody or stubborn the hen is, these things might work...
     
  3. carolinachicken

    carolinachicken Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks spottedcrow.

    should have noticed when i saw that she had pulled out soft feathers to line the nest.

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    Last edited: Dec 16, 2007
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Or if none work you can give up and get her a few fertile eggs.

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  5. Mac

    Mac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put large ziplock bags filled with ice for mine. That did the trick. BUT, this was in the summer.....

    Mac
     
  6. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello, dont waste a broody, precious little souls they are!
    Get some eggs for her then youll have littlies in 21 days!!
     

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