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Eggs, then no eggs, and now a broody hen at 31 weeks??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NTBugtraq, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    About 5 weeks ago I was getting 15 eggs a day out of some 30 odd laying pullets (older than 28 weeks). Then we had a severe cold snap and egg laying more or less stopped, 5 eggs a day. The cold snap ended and I was down to 2 eggs a day. Now I have a 31 week old pullet who has gone broody, I thought that only happened in their 2nd year...

    Any suggestions on how to snap them out of this? They get an 18% layer (non-GMO) feed, lots of fresh water, black oil sunflower-whole oats-scratch twice a week as treats.
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a pullet is old enough to lay she is old enough to go broody. I've had pullets that went broody after laying just six eggs!
     
  3. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    Thanks, that makes sense the way you say it, but it was not something I had thought about...doh!
     
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not just the second year they can go broody any time, try putting a light in if you really want more eggs. I don't like this but some people do it because they want more eggs.
     
  5. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    I have had a light in since fall...??? I did it last year and it worked fine.
     
  6. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try a different feed maybe, or add a supplement that is attributed to help boost laying, like sea buck 7 or omega egg maker or feather fixer or meat bird starter grower.
     
  7. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    Forgive me, but up here we buy Meat Bird Grower, or Chick Starter, they are 2 different things...can you clarify what you said?
     
  8. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Your feed is probably fine...and the light mostly irrelevant at this time of year.
    Do you free range?
    Did they run out of water(freeze up) during cold snap?

    If you want to break the broody, check this out:
    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
    Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.
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    Last edited: Mar 17, 2016
  10. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    I can't free range, unfortunately. My 3 dogs (the youngest was 8 when she first met a chicken...they are squeaky toys), Fishers, Owls, Red Tail Hawks, Wolves, Coyote...too many threats in my bush to free range.

    The water did freeze (not the first time), but it was only frozen for less than 1/2 a day.

    Thanks for the info about the broody, I'd rather break her out of it than cull her.
     

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