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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Laurelea, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. Laurelea

    Laurelea In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2017
    I am a busy teacher, mum and backyard chicken enthusiast. I have had chickens of various breeds on an off for 10 - 12 years, but only tried incubating recently. They are wonderful pets with benefits. However, I am constantly learning about what they can and cannot do. Our recent broody Light Sussex managed to kill a full clutch of fertilized eggs: cracking eggs, standing on some, tossing others out of the nest etc. Very disappointing. However, after 5 weeks, from beginning, she is still clucky and annoying the rest of the hen house as we try to snap her out of it. Do I persist in keeping her uncomfortable so she rejoins the flock, or give her some eggs again? Or live chicks? Last year we tried the live chicks, but I don't think I had let her sit long enough before introducing them. Can someone help me through this one?
  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC

    I'm not sure that i would do anything other than break her broodiness. It takes a significant toll on a broody hen for the regular 21 days, let alone an extended period beyond that. You could try introducing chicks to her, but maybe have a brooder ready to use, as plan B.

    This link should help in breaking broody hens -
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  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Free Ranging

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    Do you have her in a wire cage that's suspended? Feed & water with no bedding? It takes longer it takes to break a broody if you wait too long to use the wire cage. IF you do decide to give her chicks, keep a very close eye on her.
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  4. farmerbrowne

    farmerbrowne Songster

    Welcome to byc. One tip I heard of breaking the broodiness is to dunk her bottom in cool water
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  5. N F C

    N F C back in a few!

    Dec 12, 2013

    Sorry your broody turned out to be rough on the last clutch. If you want to break her, I'd use a broody buster (use the search to find posts on the subject).

    Best of luck
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  6. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Enabler

    Aug 20, 2015
    Smith County, TN
    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so excited that you've joined us:ya
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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. I'd break her broodiness as she has a 'failure' record when it comes to chicks. Sounds as if she is just not a good broody - not all are.
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  8. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Welcome to BYC! Pork Pie Ken gave you a great link.
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  9. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers

    May 14, 2013
    Central, PA
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you've joined us! You can try grafting chicks to her if you want her to raise some but you need to m have babies, less than 3 days old (newly hatched is preferable) and you need to slip them under her at night, when it's dark. There is a chance that she may kill them though if the graft doesn't work. You can also break her off her broodiness but putting her in a wire cage that is up off the ground so the air flows under her. Make sure she has a roost. Keep her in there for about a week and she "should" stop brooding.
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  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    Not all broodies make good mommas. Especially new hens. If she were mine, I might give it another go, but if this attitude continued, I would keep her from setting on fertile eggs.

    Good luck with her and the rest of your flock and welcome to our roost! :)
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