To cull or not to cull? - Broody Hen

ScotianChick

Songster
9 Years
Dec 27, 2010
418
5
111
I have a SLW who goes broody ALL THE TIME. She's over two years old now. The warm weather started a couple months ago and she went broody persistently as soon as it warmed up. Well I said to my husband "if that bird goes broody one more time, that's it, she's stew". I just... feel bad doing it. Am I doing the right thing? She went broody probably five times last year and I almost snapped. She's not only broody, she's a REALLY bad broody! Like bites you, bites other hens, walks around making gremlin noises, you can't break her, she will remain broody for the whole 21 days, eggs or no eggs, no matter how many times you kick her off the nest, cool her down, put her on the roost.... We just got new chicks two months ago so my husband says it's no big deal, we have lots of new girls waiting to join the flock but I still feel... bad. She was in my first flock.
 

donrae

Hopelessly Addicted
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Jun 18, 2010
31,453
3,955
581
Southern Oregon
I'd really try to re home her first. Lots of folks look for broodies and would love to have a good momma, especially a non feather footed hen!
 

Cetawin

Chicken Beader
11 Years
Mar 20, 2008
13,752
127
333
NW Kentucky
Good grief....re-home her as "An Excellent Broody" someone would love to have her no need to make stew out of her for that, that is just silly. The biting you, biting other hens and making gremlin noises is NORMAL broody behavior...they scream, flare up, snarl, growl and scream more. Heck I would take her if I were closer because in 4 years I have had 1 successful broody and 2 hormonal neurotic confused nutcases.
 

Amarisus

Songster
9 Years
May 14, 2011
422
35
166
Fallbrook CA
Ya that seems a little harsh to stew a broody hen. The pecking and growling ALL broodies do that, that actually makes her a good broody believe it or not lol They're just being protective, they don't want you to take/hurt they're babies or potential babies. Why not let her hatch some? She'll do all the work for you in raising them and when she's done raising them she should go back to normal. Or if you don't have a rooster or want to buy fertile eggs you could always go to the local feed store and buy some day old chicks and stick them uder her at night. Or rehome her, like others said some people would love that! But in the end its your chicken so its all up to you.
 

sumi

Rest in Peace 1980-2020
Premium Feather Member
8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
39,153
25,427
1,302
I'm sure there are lots of people who'd love a good broody. Rather sell her.
 

Habibs Hens

Cream Legbar Keeper
7 Years
Mar 31, 2012
3,084
122
213
London, UK
My Coop
i would go with the other sugesstions

a good serial broody is a god send to some chicken keepers

i used to by broody hens from farmers markets all the time and loved it
 

kathyinmo

Nothing In Moderation
10 Years
May 14, 2009
24,538
319
426
(SW MO) Nevada, Missouri
My Coop
I have successfully broke broodies many many times! I have the broodiest bunch of girls here. Do you have a wire cage? You could put her in a wire cage with no bedding, no nest, no comfort. Hang the wire cage up off the floor. It takes about 5 days.

I have so many broody hens that I have a Broody-Buster pen. It is concrete flooring and only roosts. No nests, no bedding. During the day I close the pop door and they have to stay outside in the pen. On occasion I throw in a rooster to really bother them, too. No place to sit is what works here.

I am happy to report that today I have NO broody hens. It will change soon, I know. I have already had over 25 this spring. I quit counting. I had 6 at a time in the Broody-Buster a few weeks ago. I rotated them in (any hen on a nest at roost time goes in to the Broody-Buster), and took them out after 5 days.

Good luck! I know someone would LOVE to have your broody girl. I hope you don't stew her.
 

speckledhen

Intentional Solitude
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Feb 3, 2007
78,801
12,642
936
Blue Ridge Mtns. of North Georgia
See? The consensus is try to break her with Kathy's method or rehome her. She'd probably make a wonderful broody for someone who wants to hatch, but hates to use an incubator. I know I'd rather have a good broody than use a bator myself, though I don't need chicks as often as many folks do.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom