Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rides2far, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. rides2far

    rides2far Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my 10 month old pullets has decided to hatch golf balls. She is now in a time out cage with food & water. Any hints or suggestions?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Sounds like you know what you are doing, should take around 3 days depending on how long she was broody, the longer they are broody the longer it takes to break them, I can sometimes catch them on the first day and break them in two days. Still takes at least 2 weeks to resume egg laying, most take about a month.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    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.

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  4. rides2far

    rides2far Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just letting you guys know, I placed her in a cage as suggested. It took about 3 or 4 days to break her. It was actually pretty easy. So far, out of 14, she's the only one to go broody so far. (Knock on wood.)
     
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  5. rides2far

    rides2far Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This same hen has gone broody 2x more since I first posted. Little bugger! The others have not gone broody at all, thank heavens. She just spent 4 days in a cage. It was so hot I was worried, but she made it.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Unfortunately some are like that, and all my bantams are like that, so I'm pretty used to it.
     
  7. amynrichie

    amynrichie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a pen that I can lock my broody in, away from the coop. I put her on the roost at night-it usually only takes a day or two.
     
  8. tracker77

    tracker77 Out Of The Brooder

    Related question. Does the introduction of a rooster trigger broodiness? One of this year's batch of chicks turned out to be a Mr. Pullet. Living in NC, we're trying to decide how to handle the HB2 bathroom issue, but so far, none of the other pullets and hens have complained. I do have a 2 yr old hen that has gone broody. First one in 3 years I've had go broody. Up to this point, I've only kept hens, and not really setup for incubating, etc. So... back to my original question. Does the addition of a rooster to a hen-only flock trigger broodiness?
    TIA
     
  9. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Nope

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