How long will a hen stay broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lroach711, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Lroach711

    Lroach711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Dominique hen that has been broody for approx. 2 weeks..I don't have a rooster in the pen with her & have been collecting any eggs that get layed from under her. I know you can separate them and try to break them from being broody, but I was wondering how long will she last if I don't give her eggs to hatch. I could probably separate her if I had to, but I don't have a great place to put her.
     
  2. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2010
    Paso Robles, CA
    They stay broody for a long time if you don't "break" them or let them have chicks or eggs to hatch.....some will stay for 2 months not good for the hen. You have a dog carrier that big enough for her to be in? I've used that to get then over it and I have a rabbit cage I've had to use on a more persistent one the sooner you try and stop her from broodiness the better it will be.
     
  3. Lroach711

    Lroach711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I think I may have a dog pen that'd work.. I'll try that
     
  4. MuscovyMad

    MuscovyMad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a cochin go broody and i figured she would get over it on her own but after 5 weeks she was still sitting tight. So i gave her eggs to hatch and she sat right through the incubation and looked after the chick till it was 6 weeks old. So thats about 14 weeks. From now on i just break them myself [​IMG] .
     

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