Is there danger in leaving your hen broody?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Central Florida, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. Central Florida

    Central Florida In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2008
    We currently have two buffs about a year old and the one went broody about 5 weeks ago. We pull her off the nest late morning and put her in the run without access to the coop and she eats and drinks but will go back on the nest whenever it's available. She does seem to be losing some weight and of course she has stopped laying and her companion has stopped laying as well. Is there any risk in leaving her broody? How long can she stay this way? We have been looking for some chickens to at least give her sister some companionship but are having a hard time finding any in our area. We have read the threads on here about how to break a broody girl but didn't want to bother if she will come out of it soon.

  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    You need to break her. Put her in a wire cage (raise it up so she gets air flow under her) with no nesting material, just food and water. They don't eat enough when they are sitting on the nest. There have been people here that have lost their broodies when they starved themselves trying to hatch eggs.

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