Is my hen broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MadGamer, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. MadGamer

    MadGamer New Egg

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    Hey guys, the sunday just gone i got a new hen, my other two didn't like it lol, but they are getting used to her now. However my Bluebelle hen refuses to come off of the nest. I can lift her off without a fight, but she just goes back on to it, and shes making a funny noise as if she has hatched an egg and is protecting the young, but we havent got any hatching eggs so she wont be able to. I just need someone to confirm that this is broodiness and not something more serious. If it is broodiness Im going to purchase those plastic eggs you can buy at pets at home.
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Kdub86 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep sounds like she is broody
     
  4. MadGamer

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    Thank for the clarification, oh well its looks like plastic egg time [​IMG]
     
  5. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    what is the point of the plastic egg? are you going to buy chicks for her?
     
  6. MadGamer

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    We dont plan on hatching anymore chicks
     
  7. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Then wouldn't it be better to break the broody than let her sit? I worry about my broodies---especially this time of year. They all look droopy and haggard--and nothing to show for it [​IMG]
     
  8. MadGamer

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    How can I break her of this habit?
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The best method is give her fertile eggs to hatch, or day old chicks. Probably the next best is a broody pen. It's on the last page of this article.:

    http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Broody-Hens-1.html

    I just take mine off the nest every time I'm in the coop, then nudge them into moving and eating and such, so they will get a little more to eat and some exercise, and wait for them to give up.
     
  10. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Toss her out of the nest every time you see her in there. You can dunk her belly in cold water to speed it along, or put her in a wire-bottomed cage.

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