How do I stop broody hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by macdoogle2, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know there have been many posts on this subject but I can't find any at the moment. My 30 week old cuckoo marans has been broody for about 3 weeks now. I would really like her to stop. She has taken over the favorite nest and all the other girls are upset. My top hen does chase her off so that she can use the box. I wouldn't even mind if she went broody on one of the other boxes but whenever I move her over with golfballs she comes right back. How long before she gives up. I do have a rooster so the eggs are fertile. I just cant have any more chicks.
     
  2. yinzerchick

    yinzerchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I have no expert advice to give, but I'm having a similar problem. Here's my routine, everyday, sometimes a couple times a day, I go out and take her out of the box and put her in the run. I have a llttle wading pool of water and I'll stand her in that and sprinkle a little water on her. Then, I throw out some scratch. She will usually jump out of the pool and start scratching around with everyone else. I also let them free range, so sometimes I take her all the way out of the run and set her out away from it. Some days are better than others, and she only has to be taken out once, other days, it's an on going thing, and she's getting pulled out of their a half dozen times or more. [​IMG] I have even had to take her out of the nest box and put her on the roost with everyone else for the night. [​IMG] I'm sure if I didn't she would spend the night in there.
    I'm hoping that one of these days, I'll go out to collect the eggs and she won't be on the nest anymore. Then I'll consider her cured of her broodiness! [​IMG]

    I haven't gone as far as to make the wire bottom cage and isolate her yet...I haven't gotten sick of my routine quite enough to build the cage for broody busting. [​IMG] Buy that is the method most have said will work, a wire bottom cage and her put in it for a few days.
    Good luck!
     
  3. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I already have a wire bottom bird cage that's pretty big. I think I'll try it.
     
  4. pollo curioso

    pollo curioso Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my Cuckoo Marans went broody for about 3 weeks. She'd leave the box to eat and scratch around for about an hour- then back to her business as usual nesting. Now she's in a slow molt. Between that and her going in and out of broodiness, she hasn't laid an egg in well over two months. The other Cuckoo Marans has been laying pretty steady. I understand broodiness is part of Marans behavior.
     

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