How to "fix" a broody hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alileggett, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. alileggett

    alileggett Hatching

    Feb 8, 2010
    My hens are about 1.5 years old (2 Black Sex-Links, 1 Barred Rock). One of the BSL's went broody for the first time about a week ago and egg production dropped to less than 1 per day. We were steadily getting 2-3 a day but now only the BR is laying...and the broody hijacks her egg! I've tried closing her out of the coop for a few hours, I remove the egg as soon as I can get to it, and I even tried putting an ice cube under her. Which only drove her out of the next box and into the coop. [​IMG] Clever chicken...

    Any ideas, aside from getting her a fertile egg to hatch? How long will this last and will she and the other BSL start laying again once she's "finished"? Thanks in advance for the help.


  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I'm adverse to fixing something that isn't broken. [​IMG]

    But, yes, I do understand other folks' needs are different than mine.

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