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How long do hens stay broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nicolee516, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. AussieHens96

    AussieHens96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in Australia, Victoria and it's winter right now :p
     
  2. BorderBrigade

    BorderBrigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my hens go broody I just put them in a wire dog crate for about three days. They will act agitated bc they want to be on their next but settle down after the first day and after three days try letting her out see if she goes back if she does give her a few more days in time out. She'll get over it
     
  3. barredrock254

    barredrock254 Out Of The Brooder

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    My broody chicken was laying on eggs for 25 days and they never hatched. We want to try again while she is still broody, but aren't sure if she'll quit in the middle of this batch! [​IMG] Do you have any advice?
     
  4. kwhitted

    kwhitted Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an eight month old hen that I believe has gone broody. She stopped laying eggs and just sits in the box on the daily egg that my other hen lays. She let's me take her out of the nest to get the egg. And she is all fluffy and puffs her feathers. She is very sweet and doesn't seem agitated. She still lets me hold her and pet her too. We do not want any baby chicks right now so should I just wait it out? Will she start to lay again when this is over?
     
  5. Trishs chicks

    Trishs chicks New Egg

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    I have 3 hens that occasionally go through the broody stage..and none of them are supposed to be setters. You should separate her from the nest for a few days. I have brought one of mine into my house for a couple of days, the others I have caged for a few days. My current broody is a black sex link and I will cage her and bring her into my house for a few days since it is so hot outside right now. Good luck breaking your hen of the current habit!
     
  6. BorderBrigade

    BorderBrigade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just seperate her from the nest box by locking her in a cage or seperate area for a few days then let her out. If she goes back to the box give her another few days if she goes back to normal she is over it.
     
  7. barredrock254

    barredrock254 Out Of The Brooder

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  8. Dknichelson

    Dknichelson Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 Silkie girls who've gone broody, but I don't think there are any eggs under them, although they wont get up to really let me check. We've been taking their eggs daily and when I checked yesterday there were no eggs. I know they usually stop laying when they go broody, but if they don't have any eggs to lay on, will they lay a few to have something under them? If they don't have any eggs under them, will they snap out of it quickly?
     
  9. WitchyAng

    WitchyAng Out Of The Brooder

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    In my recent experience, our EE bantam was broody for 4-5 weeks before we really figured it out and what to do to break her broodiness. We've only had chickens since spring of 2013... Anyhow, she would puff up and growl, but we would still reach under and take the egg, which wasn't usually even her own. Plenty of times she was sitting on nothing at all.

    But with the frigid temps here in Wisonsin it was a hassle to put her on the roost with the others each night and then sometimes she'd go back and sleep on the nest if it wasn't too dark in the coop and she could find her way. We built our own broody cage with a wire floor and kept her in the cage (which we kept in the coop--it's a huge coop!) for only three days...let her out, and she was acting normal-- didn't run over to the nest.
    We checked her every couple of hours...she was cured! Wish we had done it sooner!

    Now...it's been about 10 days and I don't believe she's laying yet...she doesn't squat down when I reach out for her like she used to...she just runs away from me. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. paddyg84

    paddyg84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Silkie has been sitting 4 weeks now (3 of those on eggs of which none have hatched) would it be cruel to give her another batch of fertile eggs? I reckon sitting and getting a few chicks would be better than forcing her out of broodiness.
     

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