Is she broody? What do I do to stop it?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aryellec, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. aryellec

    aryellec Out Of The Brooder

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    My girl (which i dont know breed she was given to me last fall) has been acting a bit strange lately. She isbt very nice. She fluffs her feathers at me when i go into the coop and she makes a growling tyoe noise while im in there. I alsi keeo finging her laying on tge eggs. The onoy confirmed rooster in there is only 15weeks old and is a bantam. She stays in the coop all day unless shes eating which is strange for her. Today i closed her coop because i dobt kniw what to do. Dies this mean sge is broody? And if so how do i get her out of it? Please help!

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  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like she is broody. She kind of looks it in the picture as well! If you don't want her to hatch any chicks, you'll want to "break" her. The best way I've found is to put the broody in a solitary location with minimal litter for her to use as nesting material. I use a dog crate. The amount of time varies by the bird. Some of mine have only taken a day, some have taken up to a week and a half. Eventually they get the picture. If you have any further questions, please ask!
     
  3. aryellec

    aryellec Out Of The Brooder

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    She has been doing this for a week now and i keep taking her out of the coop so shes not layibg in there all day but she likes to hiss and peck when i do. How old do my roos have to be to fertililize?
     
  4. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually a roo will be starting to mount hens at around 4-6 months old, give or take. Are your hens standard or bantam sized? Your bantam roo should still try to mate with the hens even if they are standard sized, but fertility rates may vary, depending on if the matings are successful or not. You can always obtain fertile eggs through online sources such as hatcheries or even ebay. I have had mixed results in hatch rates when using shipped eggs, however.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out some chicks, and how you will 'manage' it.
    Do you have, or can you get, some fertile eggs?
    Do you have the space needed? She may need to be separated by wire from the rest of the flock.
    Do you have a plan on what to do with the inevitable males? Rehome, butcher, keep in separate 'bachelor pad'?
    If you decide to let her hatch out some fertile eggs, this is a great thread for reference and to ask questions.
    It a long one but just start reading the first few pages, then browse thru some more at random.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread

    If you don't want her to hatch out chicks, best to break her broodiness promptly.
    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day(you don't have to) and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
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