Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by vortec, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. vortec

    vortec Songster

    Jan 29, 2009
    Martin County, NC
    What do I need to do in the future if a hen goes broody on eggs but I do not want any hatchlings? Thanks

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Oh, you'll WANT hatchlings. Just give it some time.


    Do a search... there are various ways to break a broody of her broodiness.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    The best way to break a broody is to keep her in a small cage off the ground with a wire bottom for three or four days. The wire bottom keeps her undersides cool, which seems to help. Give her food and water and she should be fine. Do not give her anything that looks like a nest or nesting materials.

    If you don't have the wire cage, any small cage will do, but it might take a little longer. Just find a way to keep her from going back to her nest.

    I saw a post where someone put coldpacks in the nest. The cold supposedly cured the broody. Never tried it myself.

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