How to Break Broody Hen's?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Joe.G, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Joe.G

    Joe.G Songster

    Nov 16, 2011
    Eastern NY
    Hi, I have two Barred Rocks a Black Australorp and a Black Sex link all sitting, They have been at it for a while now, I took all there eggs away that didn't hatch and they are stilling trying to get the Pine Shavings to hatch I guess.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    To break their broodiness put them in a wire cage with only food and water for a few days. It usually takes around 3-4 days, using this method. Or, if you'd like them to raise some chicks for you, you could buy some 1-2 day old chicks and slip them under the hens at night while they are sleepy. They are more likely to accept them this way.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Yes, they will stay brooder even if you take the eggs away. What a lot of folks do and what I have done is remove the broody hen from the coop and put her in a separate pen/cage with her food and water. A suspended wire floor is recommended so she can't built up that heat that is required for incubating and hatching. That seems to break the "broody spell." Might take a few days.
    I have a special broody buster cage built that I break out for such occasions. My Buff Orps go broody 3 or 4 times per year. Good luck to you!

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