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How do you break a hen from brooding?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bill2457, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Bill2457

    Bill2457 In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2011
    I have 8 hens and no roosters. 4 of my hens quit laying and all they want to do is hang out in the two nesting boxes with two or three of them in one box. this makes it rough for the ones that want to use the boxes to auctually lay an egg. I let them free range when i'm home which is a few days a week. With the brooding hens i will reach in and take them off the nest and manually put them outside. But if i leave the coop door open they will be right back in there within 20 min. How do i break them from brooding?

    I used to get about 8 eggs a day, since this started i'm lucky to get 4.

    Any ideas?

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