Stupid broody hen needs to stop being broody...or stupid.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by elizabethbinary, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I've got this weird Araucanathing that the guy SAID was a purebred but I ain't ever seen no pure buff Araucana with no poufs. Anyway, she went broody after only having 4 eggs. Her first four eggs. In some stupid excitement for a broody hen I thought this was excellent and gave her fertile eggs. Which she loved. For 17 days. Then she darn off and left me hatching a bunch of babies for her. Which I kinda sorta expected since she was new to it all.

    Well she laid four more eggs and she's clucky again. I've been taking her eggs from her four times a day as well as pulling her out of the nest and destroying her nest. She just rebuilds and steals. She's not even 8 months old and she's on her SECOND clucky!! And she won't back down. She's been like this for three days. I can't order eggs now because of the holidays or heat but I could get some in locally for her in a couple days if she decides to stay - but I'm not sure. Seems iffy.

    My odds of her being a good mother are still pretty low, hey? How do I get her off the darn nest and laying again then? I'd rather have tiny blue eggs than an egg-warmer for a month!

    Also, photo, for anyone who can tell me what the egg (hahaha I meant to type what the eff... but I'll keep this) she's crossed with:

  2. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    Just take her off the nest and into the cage for 3-5 days.
  3. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Oh durrrrrrr... maybe the owner needs to stop being so stupid too [​IMG]
  4. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas
    she is pretty even though she is being stubborn.
    Yeah alot of the recommendations is to put them in a cage with a wire bottom that cools them down. It takes a while to break a broody from what I have read from others posts.
  5. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    She is very pretty.

    Her hormones may get sorted out more in springtime since sunlight helps to trigger hormones in chickens. Maybe in spring see if she's a little more inclined. She'll also be older then and more mature.
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Wow. Negative thoughts around.

    First, you figured right, she's an Easter Egger, not an Araucana (purebreds don't have tails [​IMG] )

    You're just going to have to deal with her weird broody habits. Pullets who are new at it can do a lot of silly things. It isn't stupidity, it is instinct. Humans do a lot of stupid things to, often simply by instinct.

    Also, she's broody because she's probably got Silkie or Polish in her. Notice the tophat. [​IMG] What color are her legs?
  7. oconnorfamily25

    oconnorfamily25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    Just take her off the nest. Maybe you could cover the nest box she uses normally??
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:No negative thought, that was the OP calling herself names, [​IMG]

    She's a beauty, what color are her legs? And yes, cage her where she has no nesting materials at all, sometimes it takes several days or even repeated caging.
  9. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Quote:Haha sorry I was just calling her stupey but I'm not much smarter either! I didn't think to cage her.

    I knew she wasn't an Araucana! I KNEW IT! I was like, "This ain't no Araucana I have ever seen before!" Easter Egger hey? I wonder how he got her then because I actually got her from hatch and all her eggmates are actually Araucanas. But they don't look pure either. I had a feeling he was letting his roosters a little more free than I'd wanted. But she's my husband's favourite so we keep her. [​IMG]

    Her legs are a little blue on top but pink on the bottom. She lays very light blue eggs, larger than my other Araucanas. But she's only laid like 8 hahaha.

    So you guys think I should give her another chance to hatch me out some babies or should I wait until she lays four more eggs and gets clucky again? hahahah.

    I can't just cover her current nest, for some reason even though we have 5, ALL the chooks/ducks lay there. No idea why but she loves it because she gets to steal their eggs the second their laid Caging this time is best since it's the holidays and day 4 already... next time, eggs again!!!

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