Broody hen, what to do!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by leasmom, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. leasmom

    leasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time dealing with a broody hen. I don't have a rooster and she's stopped laying of course and sits in the feed bucket which is where she lays her eggs-lol, and when I come out I move her, she hates that...but she'll go out and eat and then wait for me to leave and then she'll go back in the feed bucket. Should I put a fake egg underneath her or should I just keep moving her???
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Well, when ours did that we put her in jail - smallish brooder in the hen house with no hay to make a nest and food and water. She was cured in two days.
     
  3. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Unless you are going to use her to hatch fertilized eggs, you've got to break her by taking her off the nest. This'll get her laying again in about three weeks.
     
  4. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    make sure she has NOTHING to sit on... not even golfballs. pick up laid eggs twice a day. and keep kicking her out of the nest... mine usally stop when i persist, aprox 1 week..
    i had one bantie cochin that was trying to hatch a very large bright green easteregg.. after a few days of kicking her out, i finally had to take the plastic egg out too. she stopped once the egg was gone.
     
  5. leasmom

    leasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's laying in the bucket without an egg in there...she's crazy. I'll have to find the lid to the feed and put it on there because thats where she lays, in their feed bucket-lol.
     
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