dumb question about a broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OrpingtonManor, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Okay, so my youngest (7 mo) BO pullet, Tatertot, is now broody. She has been on the nest for 2 days. I took the eggs out from under her last night. She growled and fluffed a little, but didn't bother me. She's a total sweetie.

    The question is this, is she done laying this "clutch" or will she continue to lay while she sits there? Should I keep feeling under her for eggs? How long will she stay broody? Does she leave the nest for food and water when I am not looking? (Sorry, I have never done this before.)

    Should I be trying to stop her? Will this make her lose weight? I hate to see her work so hard for nothing. There is no roo.

    Is there anything special I should be doing for her?

    Thanks. I'm so glad I have you guys to ask these questions.
     
  2. beekybuzzard

    beekybuzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

    188
    1
    121
    Dec 21, 2007
    SC
    If you keep taking them she will get the point. She is getting up and getting a drink and something to eat real quick like so she won't be in any danger, just don't leave them under her to long and encourage her. Good luck and have a blessed day.
     
  3. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Thanks!

    So I should take the plastic easter egg out too then?
     
  4. beekybuzzard

    beekybuzzard Chillin' With My Peeps

    188
    1
    121
    Dec 21, 2007
    SC
    Sure thing, its only there to show her she is supposed to lay in the nest and she seems to have that down. Anything under her now will only make her want to stay there and hatch it out.
     
  5. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Okay I'll go do that now.
    Thanks!
     
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    3,367
    28
    238
    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    If you don't want her to be broody, I'd remove the plastic egg too.

    Our Silkies seemed to stay broody and would happily hatch the golf ball in the nest box if it could be done. [​IMG]

    When I "break our broodies", I put them in a cage that has a wire bottomed floor so that the cool air can hit their bottoms (don't add any hay or pine shavings to the cage or they'll use it for nesting).

    Here's a pic of the hutch that I use to break the broodies in, which we call "chicken jail":

    [​IMG]

    I leave the girls in "jail" for several days to a week, depending on how quickly they get over being broody.


    Hope this helps!

    Dawn
     
  7. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Wow, how long do they stay broody if you don't put them in jail? Long enough to hatch the eggs that aren't there anymore?
     
  8. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    From my experience with my frenquently broody hen, after you break them of being broody, they take about 3 weeks to lay again. Mine doesn't lay when she's broody. To break them, you have to take them off the nest during the day.

    The answer to your recent question is pretty much a Yes!
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  9. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Darn, she laid the biggest eggs. I guess I will have to figure out a way to get her off the nest tomorrow.

    Thanks everybody!
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    30,359
    148
    446
    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    or, leave her on some golf balls for a couple of weeks, buy some chicks at the feed store and let her raise them.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by