How to "fix" a broody hen?

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

  1. alileggett

    alileggett Hatching

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    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.

    -Ali
     

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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  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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