How to stop a brooding hen.... Or do you

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by YFF, May 12, 2009.

  1. YFF

    YFF New Egg

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    We 11 hens and no roosters. We don't hatch and raise chicks, just egg production. However, I have a brooding hen. How do I stop her, or do I. Should I separate her out. Any help you can offer is appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. granmahen

    granmahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a lot of suggestions from BYCers when this happened to my silkie. I made her go outside and free range a bit each day and then got her some chicks to live with her (they are still separated within the same coop and run). If it happens again though I'll put her in a cage where she can't nest (wire bottom) for a while, because I can't have any more chickens and that seemed like the best suggestion of all. Hope it helps:frow
     
  3. hennypenny9

    hennypenny9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We only had a roo once, so there was no point in letting a poor bird set on nothing. So we just collected the eggs as usual, and put her out of the hen house. She would go back in, if she was determined, but after a couple days they mostly would stop. It seems mean, but it would be meaner to let her go on.

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  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Put her in a wire-bottomed cage, like a rabbit or parrot cage, set up on sawhorses or blocks, so there's airflow coming up under her. Provide food & water, but NO bedding. After 3-4 days she should be out of her broody mood. If not, give her a few more days in the Broody Buster.
     
  5. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no advise but I have a silkie and I want to know too.
    Thanks for asking this question!!![​IMG]
     
  6. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

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  7. HarlansHollowFarms

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  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

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  9. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My brother in law suggests a baby aspirin given to break the Hen's broody fever.
     
  10. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

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