If I move a broody to a different spot, will she break?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by happyhens44, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    Thats my question, I need to move this broody.
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Theres always a chance, it seems higher when you don't want them to break- If you wanted her to break you could mover her from AK to FLO w/o breaking her.

    Where is she and where would she be going?
  3. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    She is in a nesting box, and I wanted her in the bigger cae area because theirs more hay etc.
  4. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    I meant to say cage
  5. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    wait fir her to get up move the eggs and them mover her where she needs to be?

    Calling someone else? Hello chicken experts?
  6. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2009
    North Alabama
    I have moved broodies on several different occasions.. I ususally do it at night and it works out just fine. But for the stubborn ones, I have been known to block them in the nest so they couldn't leave. After 1 day like that, they are good to go!!
  7. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    how long has she been broody, don't move if less than 48 hours, if you move do it at night, lock you hen in the new spot for 12 to 24 hours, it will not hurt her, then she associates that spot with her broody nest, I use tidy cat little containers for broody boxes, easy to clean, chicks can get in and out easy, movable without disturbing hen, and if you need to close it up for any reason you can bend a piece of wire for a slide on and off door

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    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010
  8. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    I think Murphy's Law applies. I wanted to break my hen, but it took 2 weeks. I am sure that she would still be broody if she became broody and I moved her to a cage or crate. That is, unless I really wanted her to stay broody. [​IMG]
  9. kristim23

    kristim23 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2010
    Well, I am by no means an expert, but I have read about people moving a broody's eggs, just to have her move them back. Not really sure what to tell you. Maybe just tuck some more hay around her, if that's your concern, and wait til they hatch and then move the whole group??? Are the babies in danger of falling out?

    I can't believe the irony with broody hens! I hope you get your answer! [​IMG]
  10. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    Yeah Ill do it at night, But I have to move her because shes in all myhens favorite nesting box and my other hens are attemting to lay a egg on top of her. and she just sits there

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