In the Brooder
- Jun 16, 2009
Ok, so one of my 4 girls is broody. I have no rooster and don't want her to be sitting on the nest all day. So, I set up my large dog crate (about 5'X4') and put her in there, in the yard, and rigged up a little roof so she won't get rained on. Prior to these drastic measures I spent all last week taking her off the nest, and she would just run back. Now I am worried b/c she seems SO stressed. She is just pacing, looking for a way out. I even gave her sunflower seeds, and she didn't even notice. Poor girl seems PANICED. There is food and water (obviously) and I put her on a good long patch of grass. Is the constant pacing and distress worse than the broodiness? They free range all day and she had not even been leaving the coop in the morning anymore. But this level of confinement is very new, and now the situation seems worse than her hanging out in the coop. Thought please?