Broody Leghorn!

SilkiesForEver

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Alright, so, I'm torn. I love having broodies, since it is an excuse for having chickies.
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And, I would let her brood, but I also have entered her in the upcoming fair in May. The eggs would hatch about 4 days before the show, and that just can't happen. So.. I am asking to see if anyone has really used a breaking method, and have found it to be very reliable.

Thanks very much!
 

SilkiesForEver

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Wouldn't it work out if you took her to the show and took care of the babies while she was at the show? How long is the show?
I thought about this, and came to the conclusion that if I did do this (I was thinking about it for awhile), she would act like a momma hen during the show which is about a week long. And, since the rules specifically say "No hens with chicks allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS" I can't allow her to be broody.
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I would absolutely LOVE for her to raise chicks though.
 

Chickenfan4life

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Quote: Boy, they're really specific about their rules...

Well, some people have recommended putting ice cubes under the hen... I don't really like that idea. I broke my hen a while back by simply getting her off the nest constantly! You can also put her in a pen, which some have called the "Broody Buster" so that she'll be isolated from eggs to brood and she'll (possibly) stop being broody after a while.

Good luck!
 

WalkingOnSunshine

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The most reliable method is to put her in a wire-bottomed cage with no bedding for three to five days. Some people put the cage up on blocks or legs so that the air flows underneath. I've never had a broody continue to sit with this method. And yes, our wire cage is the "broody buster."

I think ice cubes are a mean and unreliable method.
 

SilkiesForEver

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Alrighty, so I have decided to let her remain broody. After inspecting her, I found she had plucked a lot of feathers from her underbelly. I don't think she would be in good condition for the show. The entry fee I paid for her, will become a donation to our county fair.

Her eggs are due on Monday!
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Thanks for all the help and suggestions!
 

Chickenfan4life

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Alrighty, so I have decided to let her remain broody. After inspecting her, I found she had plucked a lot of feathers from her underbelly. I don't think she would be in good condition for the show. The entry fee I paid for her, will become a donation to our county fair.

Her eggs are due on Monday!
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Thanks for all the help and suggestions!
Haha, good for you! (And her...)
 

SilkiesForEver

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Alright... so.... Coko the broody leghorn will never be broody again. She killed her chick which hatched only a few minutes ago.
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Poor baby.

She had her chance. Now she's just going to be the good layer she was before.
 

Chickenfan4life

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Alright... so.... Coko the broody leghorn will never be broody again. She killed her chick which hatched only a few minutes ago.
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Poor baby.

She had her chance. Now she's just going to be the good layer she was before.
Aw, I'm so sorry! How awful! Poor baby, indeed!
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What about the other babies?
 
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