How to spoil a broody!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BirdBrain, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    Early in March we tried really hard to break our Americana of her broodiness. We thought we were successful. Then we went on vacation for 3.5 weeks leaving them in the care of a neighbor who did a really fantastic job. But this hen decided not to give up that easy. She kept getting thrown off the nest and still insisted.

    When we got back she was thin but still determined. We couldn't leave her in the coup that way, so we brought her inside and put her in a kennel with hay. The kennel is sitting here in the dining room. she says very little and gets taken outside twice a day. But she is loving the cuisine. We have been giving her eggs, mealworms, 20% protein chick feed and water and curdled milk.

    DH was worried she would get out and wander the house, but she doesn't and her cage is always open. If the kids get a bit noisy around her, she tells them to pipe down! Even DH comes by and talks to her, and he doesn't really like my chickens, except when the arrive on the plate. [​IMG]

    I'm not sure yet how I am going to reintegrate them into the flock...
     
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    cute story. she is a determined hen.
     
  3. HenPenny

    HenPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Great Grandparents are from North Carolina. Cold Mountain actually. My father says the way they kept thier chickens from brooding was to dunk them quickly underwater. Anyone else ever heard or done this? Anyway his job as a young boy was to "chunck rocks at the chickens that tried to roost in the trees every evening and make sure they were all put up. And to catch them for the dunking. He got in real bad trouble for telling a lie. He claimed to have heard one of them crowing underwater.
     
  4. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    I have heard of dunking, but don't think I would try it. Here, it would be a death sentence. [​IMG]

    Crowing under water [​IMG] That was a whopper for sure.
     

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