Broody hens taking up space in nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Deer lane farm, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. Deer lane farm

    Deer lane farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two broody hens and 4 nesting boxes. My other hens seem to stop laying when the others are broody. What would be better? Add more nesting boxes? Move the broodies?
    Or just leave alone and they will eventually use the unoccupied nests.
    Just started so I got 19 days to go.
     
  2. JayJo

    JayJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Move the broodies. I made this setup for mine. There are a bunch of threads around here about how to move a broody.

    I say move her because the chicks my broody hatched are six weeks old and they are still sleeping in the regular nesting box (after I stupidly removed the setup I'd made because I thought they were integrated.) Months after all this started I'm still only getting two eggs a day. Learn from my mistake. Move her now before she disrupts your egg routine for months.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/651365/how-do-i-move-a-broody-hen-w-eggs#post_17162394

    Sorry for all the edits. Posting from my phone and having technical difficulties.
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2016
  3. Deer lane farm

    Deer lane farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I did move them into a large dog crate inside the coop. They seem very content and relaxed in there.
     

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