Broody hen sitting on fake eggs for too long

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Talka, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Talka

    Talka In the Brooder

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    I have a 6 month old hen who laid her first batch of eggs in a box I prepared for her. Since I don't want any more chickens, I took all the eggs and replaced them with fake ones. She's been sitting on them for a little more than 3 weeks. I thought that after 3 weeks she will get up if nothing comes out of them, but I was mistaken. With every day that goes buy she's getting more aggressive, and I think that today she's been feeling ill - she wouldn't eat, she pooped in her nesting box (and kept sitting there) and her waddle and comb lost their red vibrant color.
    What do I do now? if I take the box away, will she go back to normal?
     
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  2. BaaKaaawk

    BaaKaaawk Crowing

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    You need to cool her off to break the cycle. Usually people trying to "break" the brood put the hen in a wire box. If they have eggs and a hard bottom... they're gonna sit the full length, and/or more.
     
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  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    "Broody Jail" = Wire cage, remove the tray, put 1 x 2 wire on the base, food & water, suspend so air circulates for about 3+ days. If you're not hatching, it's best to break them of the "broodiness" ... I used to try removing & let them break on their own until I read & saw how it affects their health. One of mine ended up loosing so much weight in a very short time, then their immunity is compromised. BJ works sooner the better..
     
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  4. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Grandkids and chickens, what more could you want

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    If you search Broody Breaker on here you can find lots of good advice on the subject. Some girls will brood eggs long enough to become ill, and potentially die if you don't break them. Has she been leaving the nest to eat and drink before now?
     
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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Make it impossible for her to get to her nest site and check her for mites. Frequently setting hens develop severe mite infestations.
     
  6. Talka

    Talka In the Brooder

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    I've been treating her and the nesting box for mites so that shouldn't be a problem.
     
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  7. Talka

    Talka In the Brooder

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    Can I simply remove the box? She doesn't have a coop, I just put a cardboard box with some hay in it, on a plastic shelf.
     
  8. Talka

    Talka In the Brooder

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    She's been eating and drinking up until today. Today she would only drink water.
    Since she does not have a coop, do you think I can just remove the nesting box?
     
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  9. chrissynemetz

    chrissynemetz Grandkids and chickens, what more could you want

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    Try removing the nest box and see if it works, but if she's really stubborn she might try to find a different spot to brood in. Some chickens break easy, some take a lot of work.
     
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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Yes.
     
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