My hen won’t stop being broody

Roostie

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May 1, 2019
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Hey guys, so about two weeks ago the hen I’m taking to fair got broody.. no big deal right? I caught it early. No problem! *wrong! My hen is still broody and it’s a week before fair! She is very determined. If I lock her out she’ll fly on top of the coup!
I kinda really need to fix this problem so if you guys have any suggestions that would be great!
Also she’s already had a bath and that didn’t seem to work.:he

Thanks -Roostie
 

azygous

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It takes longer than overnight and a cold bath to break a broody. You need to consistently deprive her of the ability to find a solid surface to reflect her body heat back to her. An open mesh bottom cage serves this purpose.

She will need to remain in the cage with air circulating under her for around three days and nights with food and water. This will gradually lower her body temp and the hormones will slowly decrease.

You will know she's broken when you let her out and she doesn't go back to a nest.
 

aart

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My experience goes about like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest (or as soon as I know they are broody), I put her in a wire dog crate (24"L x 18"W x 21"H) with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop or run with feed and water.

I used to let them out a couple times a day, but now just once a day in the evening(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. Or take her out of crate daily very near roosting time(30-60 mins) if she goes to roost great, if she goes to nest put her back in crate.

Chunk of 2x4 for a 'roost' was added to crate floor after pic was taken.
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Roostie

Chirping
May 1, 2019
40
67
76
Northern lower Michigan
My experience goes about like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest (or as soon as I know they are broody), I put her in a wire dog crate (24"L x 18"W x 21"H) with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop or run with feed and water.

I used to let them out a couple times a day, but now just once a day in the evening(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. Or take her out of crate daily very near roosting time(30-60 mins) if she goes to roost great, if she goes to nest put her back in crate.

Chunk of 2x4 for a 'roost' was added to crate floor after pic was taken.
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Thanks! Since we don’t have a crate like that my dad and I have been busy making one...
Also I’m putting cold packs under her I’m not sure if it’s lowering her body temp any tho
(Don’t worry I’m making sure the packs aren’t too cold)

-Roostie
 

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