broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mike K, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Mike K

    Mike K New Egg

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    hi Ihave a broody hen and she wont let any other hen in the box to lay! Are there any ways to stop her bein broody?
     
  2. Jades Chickens

    Jades Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well you might end up having to puting her in a wire cage to try and break her. Sometimes it is very difficult to get them to stop.
     
  3. Mike K

    Mike K New Egg

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    ok ill c wat i can do
     
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is indeed very difficult to break a hen of broodiness if she is determined. I have been trying to break one myself.

    Things I have tried:

    *Gather all eggs as soon as possible, and remove golfballs, fake eggs, etc. from the nestbox.
    *Keep putting her out of the nestbox.
    *Try to get her moving around, doing things with the other hens.
    *Put her on the roost at night. Don't let her sleep in the nestbox.

    So, this has been going on for about 6 days, and today she was not broody. YAY!

    I expect that she will try it again in about a month. [​IMG]
     
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Mike K - Welcome to BYC!! The thing that seems to work the best with stopping a broody is to put her in a wire cage with NO bedding material - no nest. Just have food and water in there with her. That will often stop them after a few days or a week.

    Good luck.
     
  6. Mike K

    Mike K New Egg

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    ok! thanks for the suggestions! how big does this wire cage have to be! my nan said somethin about puttin her in a cardboard box! but I thought Iwud check it out with the experts 1st
     
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Freeze some large ice cubes, put them in a sealed plastic bag and put them under her.
    Repeat as neccessary.
     
  8. Mike K

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    are u serious elderoo?
     
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Yep.
     
  10. bills

    bills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've come to the conclusion that one of my hens has gone broody as well, and since she has only been laying eggs for about 2-1/2 months, I'm not to pleased. [​IMG]

    How long do you need to do the ice cube trick to get them to break the broodiness? Does the hen, when using the ice cube trick, go back to laying eggs again fairly quickly?
     

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