Chicken won't leave nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hemmelou, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. hemmelou

    hemmelou New Egg

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    I have a chicken who has begun to sit on her egg all day. We do not have any roosters so it can't be fertile. What can I do to correct this problem?
     
  2. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To stop her being broody you need to make her uncomfortable!! You can do this by dipping her bum in water or putting ice in a bag under her. I have never tried this but others say it works. What I do is put her in my tack room on concrete with no bedding. She is caged with food and water and I keep letting her out to check if she has stopped being broody. If she has I let her go back with the others and if not she continues in solitary. It does not usually take more than a few days. They lose condition quickly so you need to make sure they eat.
    And watch out when you pick her up - she will be quite cross and sort of growl and maybe peck you. I usually pick up from behind very firmly or wear gloves!!
     
  3. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have one that has been broody for 2 1/2 weeks. I just throw her out in the yard & she picks a couple times & sometimes drinks the back to the nest. I might try ice in a zip lock bag
    what you think?:|
     
  4. jacyjones

    jacyjones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah - that should work. As long as she can't get comfortable and make a nest then she should stop thinking about sitting. Fingers crossed.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I put a brick in the nest. They would still lay eggs in the nest but didn't stay in the nest.
     
  6. firem3

    firem3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DLS you got me with the bug!![​IMG]
     

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