Chicken Brooding Help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RachaelPul, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. RachaelPul

    RachaelPul New Egg

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    Hi, my Australorp is brooding at the moment and has been brooding for about 3 weeks now. I have tried to get her over it by placing her in a bucket of cool water but it's not working and now all her feathers on her belly area have fallen out. What should I do???
    I get her out of the coop and make her run around outside so she can eat and drink but after 5 mins or so she gets back in the coop...
    My other chickens that have brooded in the past have gotten over it after a week or so and there feather's never fell out. Need help?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    Here's a thread on it so you get several opinions.

    Break a Broody Thread
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=2176186#p2176186

    I have always had success with the raised cage method. Put her in a cage with a wire bottom for a few days, 3 or 4 is usually enough. Give her food and water but make sure she has nothing that looks like a nest, just a bare bottom.
     

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