Still Broody!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chicken Ma, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. Chicken Ma

    Chicken Ma In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    El Sobrante
    I wrote before about my hen not leaving the nest, but also not laying any eggs. Well, I've changed everything around, including the nestboxes and now she is "nesting" on the roost and not leaving it. Still no eggs, but she is determined to just sit there. If I move her and put her by food and water, she will eat and drink, but then immediately returns to her "roost". I'm worried that if I don't move her, she will just sit there and starve. What can I do?

    Also, I have 6 roosters I need to find homes for and I cannot. I don't want to kill them, what else can I do?????
  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2010
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    I move the hen from the flock and place her somewhere where her underside will be cold for a few days crate or garage floor. It usually works. However, if the hen goes back broody when I return her to the flock I always relent and give her eggs to brood. I suspect that those hens who are excessively broody have very locked in hormone levels and it is kindest to let her brood. They almost always make excellent mommas,

  4. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Songster

    Oct 29, 2009
    The dog crate raised above the floor with bricks in each of the four corners works well. Lock her up there with food and water for 2-3 days. Goodluck. [​IMG]
  5. Chicken Ma

    Chicken Ma In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    El Sobrante
    Thanks for all the help. I will try those suggestions.
  6. Kriquet

    Kriquet In the Brooder

    Jun 27, 2009
    Kansas City
    My Favorelle went broody for 3 weeks - after trying everything I finally did the wire dog crate off the ground for 36 hrs and after 24 hrs she stopped puffing up like a basketball when I walked by her and by 36 hrs she was clucking around and relaxed. I put her back with the ladies and viola! She's fixed! You must try the wire cage!! I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't tried it myself! [​IMG]

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