Broody hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hanknheather, May 23, 2011.

  1. hanknheather

    hanknheather New Egg

    Nov 24, 2010
    I have a small flock of 3 hens all of which were given to me full grown. Two of them have been brooding for almost three weeks with no eggs. How do I get them to stop?
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    do a search on here for "breaking a broody" there's lots of information! Good luck
  3. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Alot of people try to break a broody, but mostly unsuccessfully.

    Do you have an egg, wooden egg, try to get a few fertile eggs locally?
    Something for them to sit on for the duration.

    I take my broodies off 1x daily for stretching, pooing, feed & water. Since my broodies are also in the coop with the others,
    I also watch the nest to make sure no one else lays in that nest. Once my broody returns, which does not take long, I can leave her be.

    Since they've been broody for about 21 days already, just keep taking them out every time you go to your coop, several times a day if possible.
    They might give it up after several days.

    Good luck!
  4. Fritatta

    Fritatta Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Woodstock, GA
  5. hanknheather

    hanknheather New Egg

    Nov 24, 2010
    Thanks guys. Since my hens are freerange and it is nice and cool out I have kicked them out of the coop and shut the door during the day. They dont seem to be bothered by it, but this morning I had to kick them out again. I tried the icepack cure yesterday to no avail and I'm not sure I'm ready for a broody cage just yet. As long as they dont mind being put out during the day I think I will stick with this method and see how it goes.
  6. dowensby

    dowensby New Egg

    May 23, 2011
    Im so so so excited to say after a day of removing my broody girl on the hour yesterday, she woke up this morning and was running the yard with the rest of the girls!! That was my first experience with a broody girl and arter reading everyones failures I was thinking this was gonna be so much more of a pain. Thanks to all who helped me. I read this site for hours yesterday trying to figure her out.

    BANTAMWYANDOTTE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2011

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