Obsessive Brooding hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by juncus, Apr 5, 2009.

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  1. juncus

    juncus New Egg

    Apr 5, 2009

    I've got a hen who is brooding and will not leave the hen house (or even the nest for that matter) unless we pick her up and physically take her outside. We remove the eggs everyday and she remains there even with no eggs under her. She has worn her feathers off if her underside. I'm a little worried about her and wondering if this is typical behavior. She is quite small and we believe she is a Cochin/ bantam cross. Suffice it to say we are new to raising chicken, have had some in the past but have never seen one this dedicated to the nest.

    Thanks for any help you can give.
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:You can one of two things: let her hatch somes eggs or put her in "jail". Our jail is where there is no nesting material and food and water. It's worked for us before.
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I'd rather let her raise the chicks if you can let her hatch some out. You gotta love those mommas and I got three of them, they are really obsessive!
  4. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    Give her some eggs or a wire bottom cage. Its hard to break a broody. The chick thing is easier. Good luck.[​IMG]
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
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