Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Starcey, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Starcey

    Starcey Hatching

    Jun 17, 2013
    Southern Maryland
    We have 3 Red Island Reds which we though were supposed to not be broody. One of our Hens went broody about 2 months ago so we separated her in a cage that allowed air to flow underneath her. After about 2 or 3 days we released her back with the flock and she seemed good to go. Now, she's broody and has been for a few weeks. We just separated her again today, but this is becoming a problem.

    Has this happened to anyone else? do you have any thoughts or recommendations? Each time she goes broody it affect the egg production of the other hens and causes chaos in the coop.

    thanks :)

  2. five is my dog

    five is my dog Songster

    Jul 4, 2013
    broody hens go broody its what they do. and yes every one with broodys has problems like this at some point. if the cage isnt working then just give her some hatching eggs or order her some chicks. if that isnt and option then try soaking her in cool water. however i think letting her raise babys is the best thing. forcing them to not go broody is messing with their natural instinct.

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