more broody nonsense. i dont have a roo, so she's sitting on blanks

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by xanaxnation, May 13, 2009.

  1. xanaxnation

    xanaxnation Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    my girls are right at the 1yr mark and my buff orp went broody for the first time a couple of days ago. i have 3 girls and they share the laying area. all 3, including the orp are still laying, but the orp wont get off the eggs. i dont have a roo so the eggs are fertile. i have to nudge her off the eggs and hold her back a little bit to get the eggs. can you give some suggestions on how to break broodiness? im not adding to the *flock* at this time, so i dont want to put fertile eggs (like from a hatchery or the feed store) under her.what do i do about this silly hen?

  2. verity

    verity Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    I felt really mean, but followed the advice about putting 'Ms. Broody' in a wire dog-crate up on bricks so that she could 'cool off' --

    I put in food and water and I also picked her up and took her out to be with the others three times a day --- and then it was back in the wire pen. After 4 days she decided to give it up and resume her normal routine --

    (I think it was harder on me than it was on her to have her penned up in the dog-crate!)

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