Stopping broody behavior with wire bottom cages, but what about the cold?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MadChickensVT, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. MadChickensVT

    MadChickensVT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    Middlebury, Vermont
    I'm about to build some cages with wire bottoms to stop our two broody hens from being broody. I'm concerned that they will get too cold because our temps are still going below freezing. Will putting 2x4s on their sides in the cages to give them something to roost on be enough to keep them warm but still get them out of brooding because they won't be able to snuggle down in bedding?

    Thanks for any advice
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    They'll be fine as long as they're not in a drafty place. The idea is to get some air under their bottoms, not to blow wind up their skirt, so to speak. I've heard of other people simply dunking them in some cold water to break them, I use a wire bottom cage myself. Good luck!

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