HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Break my broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 3littlechickens, May 26, 2012.

  1. 3littlechickens

    3littlechickens In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2012
    San Jose Ca.
    Any body have suggestions on how to break her of this habit????? I take her out but nothing seems to work[​IMG]
  2. jallny

    jallny Songster

    May 26, 2012
    broodiness is very common in hens, even without roosters... some breeds are broody more than others. you should seperate her from the others. kepp her in a small cage (like a dog crate). raise it above the ground with food and water and a perch. she should be broody for a few days, every two days check, keep in mind looks can be decieving she could be broody again within a few hours. she will not lay for about a week, so dont be afraid if she stops laying!

    any questions, just send me a pm!
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Pen her away from the nest site. In my experiene most hens require a matter of weeks rather than days to stop being broody. If you release her too early, she will go right back to her nest.
  4. artsy1

    artsy1 Songster

    Sep 5, 2011
    I am having same problem with 1 of mine...using the cage, not working...
  5. Spot on.

    I used to get frustrated when the whole thing wasn't wrapped up in a few days but this is wrong: Sometimes the girl just needs more time.

    Patience, Grasshopper.
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    I was having the same trouble with breaking my broody girl this past week. And caging her was not working. So I filled up a large tub of cold water and soaked her in it for 5 full mins! She was good for about 5 hours and I caught her back in the nest box growling at me and guarding her fake egg. So she got another "broody soak". And this time it worked!! She has been broody free for one and a half days. She is back to eating again, which she had stopped doing and is now hanging out with the girls instead of dreaming of baby chicks!

    Edit to add: During broodiness, the hens temperature rises and by soaking the broody, lowers her temp and her hormones tell her she is not warm enough to brood chicks.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: May 27, 2012
  7. soukilee93

    soukilee93 Songster

    May 2, 2010
    Goochland, VA
    I think I am going to have to give this a try. I have a hen who has fooled me now into thinking she was no longer broody as it felt as though her temp had gone down and she went out and started joining the others eating, etc. and then tonight I went to lock everyone up for the night and there she is hiding in the nest lower than low. I will let you know how it goes!!
  8. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Songster

    Apr 19, 2011
    ok I'm going to admit to a bad chickie momma moment...
    my Salmon Faverolle when broody in January, after having been broody the end of November. I tried the kick her off the nest, lock her away from it for days and days...then one day, I grabbed her off the nest and tossed her into the yard...and she landed in the ducks slushy icey pool(fortunately it wasn't real deep)...then I had a mad...wet...hen...
    but she wasn't broody anymore. I did take her inside to dry off and warm up
    No, I don't suggest this or condone this...but it worked...
    however, she's broody again. going into week 4(and a duck egg that should be hatching in the next week)

    Edit-and after reading the above on the broody bath...I don't feel so bad now.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2012
  9. chicken6465

    chicken6465 In the Brooder

    May 26, 2012
    Good luck I have a, seperate pin I keep them in for weeks and sometime they still go broody,finally I gve in and put fertile eggs under her
  10. soukilee93

    soukilee93 Songster

    May 2, 2010
    Goochland, VA
    Well, she got dipped twice today in a cold bath. Needless to say she was not happy at all about it and to show how disapproving she was she is still broody. Now she keeps moving from nest to nest but she will not leave the nest boxes. I normally have 9 laying hens but my eggs are dwindling in number.

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