Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by FLRIRCHICK, Mar 6, 2017.


    FLRIRCHICK Just Hatched

    Mar 6, 2017
    We have 5 RIR hens in our backyard. I just discovered that one or two are brooding. I have read that I can put her in a wire cage (I have a wired dog crate), hang it or put it off the ground to try and break her of this. My question is do I put the cage in the run with the others or do I put the cage in the garage away from the others?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Pleased you joined us! When I have a broody I tend to remove her from the coop and other hens. Not sure why I do this...probably because it's easier to move the hen to the cage than the cage to hen. Not sure if it makes a difference where the broody is in relation to the others. I also don't suspend the cage - I just put a couple 2x4s under the edge of the cage on each side to keep her from nestling down on the ground. Here's a link that talks about breaking a broody:
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!
  3. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK
    It can be helpful to put the broody buster cage in a bright place with plenty of activity going on around it, so in the run is probably best as long as she is protected from rain etc. Broody hens like dark quiet places because they go into a trance like state, so the combination of air flow underneath her to cool her off and light and activity to distract her, will all help to break her.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I thought RIR's don't go broody[​IMG]
  6. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    When I had an almost non-stop broody Black Australorp, I did what rebrescora posted...I put the broody buster in the covered run along with the other chickens. That way she was getting fresh air and the other birds could still see her.

    Good luck with your broody!
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you joined us and I hope you will make yourself at home here! :frow

  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under FLRIRCHICK [​IMG] Welcome!

    I agree with the great advice you have received so far but just wanted to add that wherever you do put her, make sure she can not see the nest box or she will sit there drooling [​IMG] [​IMG]

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

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