Broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brahmachicks, May 12, 2016.

  1. brahmachicks

    brahmachicks In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2016
    Noticed the past few days that one of our hens has become broody. We don't have a rooster and can't have anymore chicks so our only option is to snap her out of it. We have her in a separate cage now and my question is, how long should we keep her in there? How will we know she's no longer broody?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It usually takes 3-5 days. Make sure she's not sitting down and heating up. Mine will stop making the clucking sound. After 3 days I let them out, if they return to the nestboxes it's back to the pen for another couple of days.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Ditto that

  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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 nipple bottle added after pic was taken.

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