Should I dunk her in cold water?

Bandit

Songster
10 Years
Sep 16, 2009
144
1
109
Utah
My BO has gone broody. She is sitting inside on the nest and won't come out unless I drag her out and put her by her food and water. Then I watch her stagger back up into the coop. What should I do? Should I let her keep being broody? I have heard you can dunk them in cold water to reduce their temperature and that will stop the broodiness. Seems kind of mean but I'm sure she's loosing weight and we don't have a rooster so there's no hope of hatching any babies. Advice?
 

Rustic Chicken

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jun 2, 2010
64
2
39
I am just a newbie, but I read somewhere that you could put ice cubes in the nest to break the broodiness. I don't know if it is true or will work and I take no claims to its efficacy (but if it is a good idea, it was all my idea:D).
 

Tiss

Songster
9 Years
May 8, 2010
676
6
131
Georgia
A lot of people here have recommended a wire cage with air under them. Provide food and water and wait a few day.

I've not had a broody yet, but that's what I've heard.
 

3goodeggs

pays attention sporadically
10 Years
May 22, 2009
12,250
1,967
408
North Central Florida
Put her in a cage with a wire bottom. Let the cooler air (?) get under her. It may take 3-5 days.
Otherwise it will take three weeks. is It is too hot in Utah for a cool underside? maybe hang the cage over some water? I have really had it with our heat. i hope she breaks for you. Good luck.
 

dwegg

Songster
10 Years
Nov 10, 2009
1,705
23
163
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA
I have three broody hens at the moment (one for the second time)...I built a cage in the run that is raised with wire bottom and a perch. I put them in there for a day or two with plenty of water and food. Then let them out. I have 'broken' all this way in a day or two.
 

Darlasmum

Songster
10 Years
Aug 2, 2009
906
1
159
La Crescenta, CA
I recommend the cage for 48hrs. I know it sounds awful- i used it as a last means after ice cubes and dunking in water- but the cage worked! she screamed, they all screamed when i put her in- just wait the tizzy fit out.
 

digitS'

Songster
12 Years
Dec 12, 2007
2,119
23
201
ID/WA border
As you are learning, broodies will set even if there are no eggs in the nest.

I have blocked off the nest during late afternoon and into the night and allowed the broodie out of the cage during those hours. You may have to pick her up and sit her on the roost at night.

So, the broodie goes in the elevated cage in the morning when the nests are opened for the other birds but she still gets to run around in the evening and roost. It takes 2 or 3 days this way but, other than catching the broodie, isn't very much out-of-the-ordinary chicken keeping.

Steve
 

WestKnollAmy

The Crazy Chicken Lady
11 Years
Apr 22, 2008
10,061
267
381
upstate SC
I put one in a wire cage with an open air bottom. The hen thought I was trying to keep her cooler so she could be comfortable and broody! Darn Cochins!
I tried the dunking in cold water. Again, the hen thought I was helping her cool off and went back to being broody, even though I did it for 3 days! LOL
 

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