broody hen with no eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kmcconnell, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. kmcconnell

    kmcconnell Hatching

    Jan 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    My favorite hen, a ten-month-old Black Australorp, has been broody for six weeks now. This is my first experience with a brood that long... and I don't know if I should be worried.

    I live in the city, and can't have any more chickens than I already do, so giving her fertilized eggs (or day-old chicks) is out.

    For the last month, I've been removing her from the nest several times each day, as well as any eggs she's co-opted. In the past, this has been enough to break the brood. Not this time, it seems.

    Should I be worried? I don't really want to deal with caging her separately unless I really have to. Any suggestions?

    Kristen in Austin, TX
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Persistance on your part is vital. Can you lock her out of the coop!? Maybe in the yard...make sure she has plenty water and feed. I dont know tho, she just might drive herself crazy. Hope she snaps out of it soon!!

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