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Finally have a broody, but I can't let her hatch now! Pic added

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BarkerChickens, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    I finally have a broody hen! [​IMG] But, with winter coming up and just life in general this time of year, we don't want her to hatch right now. [​IMG] So, now I need to break her broodiness and hope she'll go broody again in the spring! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2009

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Put her in a raised wire cage with no nesting material for a few days.
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Oh, she's a beauty!

    I agree that you should put her in a wire bottomed cage with no bedding. It usually takes between 2 days and 1 week to break my broodies. Depending on the particular hen, and how often my husband feels sorry for them and lets them out. [​IMG]

    You can expect her to go broody again. Mine generally start up in March. I'm sure that varies by hen, and by location. If she tries to brood again before it's convenient for you, just put her back in the cage. It won't break her from brooding permanently. If there was a way to do that, I would have already tried it!
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    She has a very determined look on her face!
  5. I have a hen named Zipfi who goes in and out of broodiness. I find that getting the eggs out fast helps. Fortunately when I do that she eats well and maybe some day she'll hatch a clutch for me! Your hens is beautiful and I hope she will keep eating, in which case the broodiness is less of a problem.

    I find Zipfi keeps a bare patch by self-plucking between her legs, she's optimistic! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Unless someone near me wants chicks, I'm gonna break her. I have wanted a broody for a couple years, but with EEs and BRs it wasn't gonna happen. Finally I got one, but it's gonna be winter! [​IMG] I will break her most likely and hope she goes broody in the spring. She's a sweety!! She'll growl at me once or twice, then I can pet her and grab eggs from her ('course she steals more from other nests [​IMG] ). She's got the personality to be a good mama! Just bad timing! [​IMG]

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