Broody hen not giving up.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by claud, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. claud

    claud Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    I've never had a broody hen until this year. She is not even a year old and she has been sitting on an empty nest(I keep pulling the eggs) well past the 21 days. How long will she keep this up? I figured she'd quit if it went past 21 days. Should I intervene somehow or let her "set it out"?
  2. augiedranch

    augiedranch Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    shes determined... she could start loosing alot of weight and start getting sick....... i wouldve given her a egg to hatch.. i mean, shes spent the twenty one days anywase. and not laying for u anywase... just give her a egg... do u have any fertile?
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I've been trying to break my two girls for a whole month. Try locking them out of the nest, hanging them in a wire cage (hang the cage, not them) so that cool air gets under them, or just give up and slip a chick under her.
  4. withca

    withca Hatching

    Nov 25, 2007
    Hi - try shutting her out of the nest area so she will think about eating and drinking. One of my hens has been doing the same for about three weeks - has lost weight and just within the last two days or so she is settling down - not so frantic and single-minded. We put out scratch grains and veggie treats to get her interested in eating again.
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I've been throughing Penny out everyday this past week and she's REALLY REALLY REALLY determined, but I'm more stubborn this time than she is...
    I took the cookie cooling racks and put them where she lays.
  6. claud

    claud Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    I didn't let her have any eggs because I already have 20 4 week olds in the brooder who are going outside hopefully this weekend. I also didn't think she'd sit the whole time since she isn't even a year old. I figured next spring I'd let her hatch some eggs. I feel bad for her but I don't want anymore chicks. Of course, TSC is having chick days this week - no - stop! Do NOT put these things in my head!
    Hmmm, I hate the thought of pulling her off the nest(I didn't know chickens growled - ha,ha).
    Maybe I'll try the cookie cooling rack idea.
  7. LisaJean

    LisaJean Songster

    My 24-week old White Leghorn, Zoey, has gone broody this week. She started it about four days ago. She hasn't laid an egg since she started setting.

    She was setting on the golf balls I put in the nestboxes to train the hens to lay there. I took the golfballs away, but she's still sitting in the box.

    Poor sweet little girl. I wish I had room for more birds, or I'd get her some eggs to hatch out.

    I consider Zoey my blonde.
  8. DementedHam

    DementedHam Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Southern California
    Quote:try giving her one or two of the 4 week olds. If she takes care of them she'll be happy and so will the chicks.
  9. hiddenmagnolia

    hiddenmagnolia Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    South Louisiana
    Try getting a few chicks from tsc and put them under her. She will think that she hatched her clutch and will get busy raising the few that you put under her. Do it at night while she is sleeping.
  10. claud

    claud Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    Ironically, I went out today and she was off the nest. She was setting almost 4 weeks. So next year I'll know I can use her as a broody. Hopefully she'll be a good mom.
    Thanks for the advice -----and stop trying to get me to get more chicks! guys are such enablers!

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