Mass broody breaking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ahavati, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. Ahavati

    Ahavati Songster

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    How would you go about breaking multiple broodies without a bunch of crates and such to move them? We have 2 broodies on eggs (that we have allowed) and have another 3-4 either starting or trying to go broody. It's driving me nuts and egg count is dropping.
     
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  2. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie ---CMS--- (Chicken Math Syndrome) Premium Member

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    Restrict access to the boxes. Cover them or remove them.
     
  3. Angeline1978

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    Get a tray of water and make them lay down. May take a day or two but unless you cage them it's hard to break a natural instinct. Once you have one go broody they will follow her lead.
     
  4. Ahavati

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    I did think of this but we have 30 hens and if I was to remove the boxes (easy as they are portable), will the other hens just lay wherever?
     
  5. Ahavati

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    Do you think I can cage them together? I have a couple cages I can fit more than one in.
     
  6. Angeline1978

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    They will find somewhere but if you disrupt the normal they will not be broody
     
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  7. Chickencountryuk

    Chickencountryuk Free Flying

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    My brahmas are going broody every other week at the minute, its driving me nuts. The only way I've successfully broken them is in a cage. If you haven't got the cages to do this than restricting the nest boxes is the next best thing but you'll have to try and make sure the hens that are laying can still access them.
     
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  8. Ahavati

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    And where were all these broody hens when I wanted to hatch turkey eggs almost 3 weeks ago? Lol. I would love to stick these that are in the incubator under a hen but....
     
  9. Chickencountryuk

    Chickencountryuk Free Flying

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    It's always like that! You need a broody and none to be had. When you don't need one they all start! Sods law!!
     
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  10. besorto

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    I'd love to have a broody hen to hatch some duck eggs out, but none of my girls really want to commit just yet. :barnie
     
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