Stop hen from hatching - how to?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ukrkoz, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. ukrkoz

    ukrkoz Chirping

    Aug 30, 2014
    We have 2 roosters and 13 hens. Out of those 13, 4 decided to hatch eggs.
    We let 2 do this, but need to somehow wean the other 2 from this idea. Also, it looks like more hens have same idea. Problem is, they get into run and simply sit, even if you take eggs away.
    We tried immersing one in bucket fulll of water for 5 minutes - she just shrugged and went back to nest.
    We are out of ideas.
    Suggestions? We know it can be done, just don't know how.

    Thank you
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Breaking broodiness is something you will find tons of threads on here - there are a few different methods, but the most common is the use of an elevated, wire bottomed cage. You can see a list of different discussions on breaking broody hens here:

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