Can't break a broody hen.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thechicksitter, May 11, 2016.

  1. JoshFig

    JoshFig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you considered giving her some fertilized eggs and letting her do her thing. That way you only have 3 weeks of having her out of commission. She sounds pretty determined. Our buff brahma got very broody last week. I tried pulling her from the box at night but she was back in the AM - I just gave her some eggs to hatch and figured that may scratch her itch.
     
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  2. thechicksitter

    thechicksitter Out Of The Brooder

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    It was stupidly dark. Just a sliver of light from a nearby streetlight which made it harder to do it quietly. And I think you're right about the warmth. Once they curled up together, they stopped trying to get under her.
     
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  3. thechicksitter

    thechicksitter Out Of The Brooder

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    Someone actually just offered me some. Do you think she can handle another three weeks on top of the six weeks she's already been broody?
     
  4. JoshFig

    JoshFig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if it matters. She will either hatch them or give up first. Worst case you waste a few eggs from her giving up - but your broodiness is over. If she is bound and determined to hatch some chicks - then not giving her eggs could leave her there longer - at least you now have an outer bound of 21 days.
     
  5. thechicksitter

    thechicksitter Out Of The Brooder

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    Excellent point. I'm more comfortable with that than bringing in more chicks that she might reject.
     
  6. thechicksitter

    thechicksitter Out Of The Brooder

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    She stayed out almost all day yesterday. Apparently the best way to break a broody is to finally break down and ask the Internet for help. Hahaha.
     
  7. 6peepers

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    hello, I have a Barred Rock that is acting very Broody, but I dont have any roosters, is this normal?
     
  8. 6peepers

    6peepers New Egg

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    also she has missing belly feathers. when I take her out she eats, drinksbathes, makes a turd then back in she goes.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    You don't need roosters for a hen to want to sit. The eggs don't have to be fertile. In fact, there doesn't even have to be eggs.
    Missing belly feathers is because she pulled them to line the nest and put her body heat closer to the eggs.
    Since you don't have fertile eggs, she needs to go to broody jail. Pulling them off the nest doesn't do anything but eat up tons of your time.
     
  10. 6peepers

    6peepers New Egg

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    Thank you, guess ya can tell Im a newbie at this. I think I'll mark the egg and let her have it untill she gives up on her own, more natural that way. I think.
     

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