Hens that have gone to sitting/setting/whatever

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tda, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. tda

    tda Hatching

    Oct 8, 2010
    I have a laying hed that apparently has decided to start setting, feathers all puffed out, very hot on bottom, been on the nest for the last 5 days. How do I stop this or does it just run its course.. We have a exchequer rooster we keep penned up and 2 peking male ducks( the ducks have gotten to the chickens from time to time when we let them out), but I wouldn't have thought the ducks could have triggered this in chickens.. any answers tda... thanks .......
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  2. WooingWyandotte

    WooingWyandotte Crowing

    Apr 25, 2011
    Nor cal
    Werlcome to BYC! And this post is in the wrong section [​IMG] You could try the chicken behavior section.
  3. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    Some hens will stop on their own, but most times you'll need to break her of it. I lock the hen in a dog crate in the coop with food and water. Three days usually does it.

    OR, you could just give her eggs to hatch??? I've had broody hens hatch ducks, turkeys, guineas, and chickens. [​IMG]
  4. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    The ducks didn't bring this out in her, its just her hormones doing it. Some breeds do it more than others, some breeds dont do it at all. Its called brooding. You can either let it run its course and let her stop when she wants to or you can break her of it. If you want babies you can stick fertile eggs under her and let her hatch them or you can get day old chicks and stick them under her at night, if you choose this method be aware that not all hens will accept them.

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