Stubborn Broody Buff Orpington!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ccewart, May 26, 2019.

  1. ccewart

    ccewart In the Brooder

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    My 2 year old Buff Orpington has gone broody big time. I first tried continuously taking her out of her nest box multiple times but when I returned later, she was always back in. I then blocked the box she uses but she just went in another box. I then tried putting huge rocks in all 4 nest boxes overnight but in the morning she was sitting on top of one of the rocks! So now she has been in chicken jail for 4 days. When I let her out for some exercise with my other 3 chickens, her behavior is a little less broody (no puffing up her feathers, no constant clicking, less crabby behavior) but she goes in the dust bath and seems to be trying to make a nest there. Should I continue with chicken jail? I do not want to get her fertile eggs or chicks to raise - I already have 2 new 6 week old chickens in my house and I do not want to risk getting a rooster...
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    Stubborn ones can take up to a week or more being penned away. You should just skip the removing and blocking and just pen her up immediately. Usually they can be broke in 3 days if you get right at it and don't release them during the 3 days.
     
  3. ccewart

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    Thanks - I will keep her in her “jail cell” without a break. I was feeling like she needed some exercise to keep her healthy. She has food and water - is it OK to give her some treats like meal worms?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Puppy Dreaming

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    Treats are fine. :)
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    ..or is she having a a good dust bath and 'lounge'?
    Unless she goes back to a coop nest I'd leave her be.
    I let mine out late in day after everyone's is done laying and block the nests.
    If they go to roost I call it done.
     
  6. ccewart

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    Thanks for all your help on dealing with my broody Buff Orpington - I am happy to report that Buffy is back to her old self for the time being. I am keeping my jail set up just in case she gets broody again...
     
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