HEN BROODY AND WHAT TO DO?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by n2h20, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. n2h20

    n2h20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have an americauna who is near the bottom of the totem pole, she is the smallest and was the last to start laying. she insists on sitting on every egg the other chicks lay. Sometimes she will push the other girls off the nest before they even lay. I will take her off the nest and place her out to free range. she will run back and be very persistent on sitting on the nest.
    What can i do to stop this? she has only laid a few eggs in the last 4 months.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2009
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Put her in cold water and keep her out of the coop?

    Course then she'll stop laying!

    OR

    Let her sit. If you don't have any fertile eggs, put some fake ones under her for a couple of weeks and then buy some chicks to put under her at night.
     
  3. n2h20

    n2h20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what??
    i dont have a rooster nor do i want one,, i want her to lay eggs.
     
  4. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are not interested in chickies & you desire to "break up" this broody, one thing I have read is to put her in a wire bottomed cage for a couple days. Supposedly, it will take her mind off the nest.
     
  5. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When mine go broody I put them in my back yard with the cats (no nests around) for a couple of days (3 or 4). I do put them back in the coop at night and place them up on a roost. This has worked well for me.
     

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