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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Burgs, Dec 30, 2015.
Any tips or tricks to get a hen off being broody?
There are a few ways, but a small cage or pet carrier, raised off the floor is one of the more common methods. Keep her in their with food and water for 3-4 days and it should do the trick.
Search for breaking broodiness and you will find alternative methods.
Have not tried this myself (have not needed to - chooks are just 9 months old) ...... but it makes sense to me.
My dad told me to put the hen in a carry case and hang it from a tree!! I thought he was taking the micky to be honest lol!
It just so happens that in about a week and a bit I am completely remodelling the chicken coup and demolishing the old one so that might stop her being broody :-/
I can see the sense in dunking there underside in water for a few minuets to cool them off! I live in a somewhat cold climate though I don't want her to get a chill :-/
I'm not desperate for the eggs I'll just keep chucking her off every time I go in the coop if it lasts longer than two weeks I'll do the water thing
I don't mind the chicken going broody I just don't want her going broody in December!!!!! Lol
The wire cage will do the trick I just wouldn't hang her in a tree.As long as the bottom is wire and is elevated enough to get a breeze under her it will work.This time of year 3-4" will work in the summer I use 2 sawhorses and a fan to cool her down. Try the cage for 2-3 days and then let her out to see how she acts. If she's still broody back in the cage she goes for another couple of days. Just make sure she has food and water.
I think the consensus here is that the underside of the chicken needs to get cooled off a few degrees ..... the dunking method in the video would be a bad idea this time of year where I'm at ...... as would a wire cage for days (tonight the low is supposed to be in the single digits ..... that'd be REALLY bad for feet on metal wire ......
You could probably use a wooden bottom to break 'em in the winter if it's below freezing...just no bedding.
My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.
I let her out a couple times a day and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
Water bottle with nipples added after pic was taken.