Broody mamma!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blueberrychickens, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    So I have a broody mamma who is going on 2 weeks, the thing is she's not sitting on any eggs! (I have no roo to fertilize eggs) I push her out of the nest a couple times a day trying to break her of her broodiness but it doesn't seem to be working. Last time she went broody, I was able to break her after only about 3 days, this time she's determined to sit in that empty nest!! What should I do, just leave her be or keep on pushing her out into the run??? Quite frankly, she's driving me nuts. SHe is a GLW & about 7 mo old.
  2. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Personally, I say leave her alone. The poor hormone-driven girl is under enough stress (and boredom). She'll come off on her own at some point. I have learned that bumping her off several times a day isn't going to change her mind. They are determined little mamas!
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    That is usually the only attempt I make to break a broody, but I do it at least a couple of times a day whether it breaks them or not, because I feel it increases their intake. Broodies commonly lose weight, sometimes quite a bit, so I figure at least I'm adding some to her nutrition. I make them get up and move, and then they have always eaten and drunk, and usually go outside and get a little exercise.

    I've only had this not break the broodiness once. She stayed broody for 4 months. I ended up giving her eggs (that I had to mail order.)
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