Broody Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickengirl47, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of My hens just went broody and she stole 3 eggs and I didn't know how long she had set on them so I candled them and I didn't see anything, so I was going to take them inside, but just in case I cracked one open and there was a tiny pink chick inside. [​IMG][​IMG] I don't want to break open the other 2 eggs so I'll just let her hatch them.


    Well, my question was (just in case another hen goes broody), how can I get a hen that is broody not to be broody? Would separating the hen in a place where there are no nesting boxes for a week (or more) help?

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  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    That is just part of life, I had a EE hen once go broody for
    three different hatches she would not take care of the
    chicks she hatched and just created a new nest after each
    hatch and only stopped because a bobcat got to her so
    the best way to not have a hen go broody is to get a line
    of chickens known for hatching their own eggs .......

    gander007
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Broodiness is a hormonal change inside them. You cannot keep them from going broody any more than you can make them go broody. The best option for keeping them from going broody is to have breeds that are not known for broodiness. But even that is not a guarantee. Welsummers are not a broody breed, and I've had 2 go broody.
     
  4. Chickengirl47

    Chickengirl47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     

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