How do I stop my constant broodies!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kickinchicken, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. kickinchicken

    kickinchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bantam GLC and a bantam Golden Sebright. the Cochin is just about a year old and the Sebright is about 17 months old. For the past 4-5 months, these 2 nut cases go broody together for weeks on end. [​IMG] Its just about ridiculous and they are my only hens of laying age. The rest of my crew is only about 5 months old..so soon, I hope! [​IMG]
    I toss them outside several times a day, I blocked off the favorite nest box, they picked another (together) and I try to entice them with snacks all the time...yet they are right back at it...together...every day. I swear they are lesbi-hens! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Any advice, other than hosing them down every day? [​IMG]
     
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Have you tried a cold bath(10 min soak)???
    This will help lower their temperature...and usually helps!

    If there is anyway to either have air blowing in the nesting boxes from underneath (so their bottoms get cold)...or put ice bottles in there so if they sit they get cold....

    Other tan that, keep kicking them out and hopefully they will stop...

    Good luck,
    Laura
     
  3. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

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    My silkies and sizzles will not stop when they get started. Ijust give them some eggs to sit on. May as well put them to work. If they arent' going to pay their rent by laying eggs then they can pay it by hatching chicks and save me the trouble. They do a better job of it anyway. I have 5 broody's right now. Two are sharing a nest of ginea eggs. In the sizzle pen, one has laid claim to the pheasant eggs and when she needs to eat and streach her legs her sister sits on the eggs for her till she's ready to sit again. Then she goes back to her empty nest and just sits there. My black hen insists on sitting on nothing. I haven't given her any eggs either.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    You have to pay Sourland off.
     

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