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How long do hens stay broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by motherhen, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. motherhen

    motherhen Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2007
    Halifax, NS
    I have 2 hens that are broody and I keep taking them out of the nest boxes. But because I have only 3 hens I want them all to lay eggs. One broody hen is a silkie. Can I just shut them out of the coop during the day and let them in at night? Will that stop them from being broody or do I need to lock them in cages? I really don't want them to be lock up because I will have to house them in a separate area. How long would I need to lock them up. Does the hens have to be seperate or can they be caged together? Any help would be great.

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