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Is a "Broody Buster" supposed to be completely wire (ie no indoor part)?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greenshoes, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. greenshoes

    greenshoes Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry if this is a silly question guys but I am new to chickens so this is my first time with a broody hen. Most of the threads I have read say to use a chicken hutch, but these normally have a little box bit on the end. Are you supposed to block this off? Or can the hen still go inside there? I know there shouldn't be any bedding in the cage at all, just food and water, and it should ideally be raised off the ground to create a draft. Just need to know about the indoor area...
     
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Block it off. There are many things you can use as a mini-coop, from a small dog / cat portable kennel, to a cardboard box with chicken wire used as the base (with lots of holes for light / ventilation). I made a small A-frame design from pvc tubing, surrounded with chicken wire for hens with a low number of chicks, but i also use it to break broodiness.

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  3. greenshoes

    greenshoes Out Of The Brooder

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    Great, thank you! You have been most helpful with all of my questions so far - much appreciated :)
     
  4. greenshoes

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    Sorry to bother you again, but how big is it supposed to be? Its for a RIR. I know its doesn't have to be huge as it isn't supposed to be comfortable, but approximate measurements? I am desperately trying to find something now before she influences the others lol
     
  5. DanEP

    DanEP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't need to be very big, you need room for food and water with a little moving around space.I use a live trap that is about 16" by 36" roughly Short term for breaking a broody it works well just not as a long term cage. As long it gives her a little extra room to move around size is not critical.
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    When we had a broody BA, we used an available rabbit hutch for her broody buster. It was about 4' long and 2.5' high. It was all made from wood and hardware cloth. I did add a wide tree branch inside for the girl to stand on (to give her feet a break from the wire). We kept the cage inside our enclosed run so the other girls could see her and keep her company. About 3 days in there and she would be ready to re-join the flock...until the next round. She was one determined broody. I finally re-homed her to a friend that needed a broody for hatching.
     

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