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trying to break a broody with no wire cage

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ebonykawai, May 4, 2009.

  1. My RIR has been broody for about 4 or 5 days. I've tried a lot of things to break her, including dunking her in water, putting ice cubes under her, and keeping her in an outside chicken jail so she can't get back to the nest. I thought the outside jail would work, since it prevents her from going to the nest, but will she continue to be broody in the grass? I don't want to keep this up if it's not going to help. I don't have a metal cage. I tried a dog cage but she kept spilling her water and food and ended up making a huge mess. Any suggestions, please? Thanks!
    Last edited: May 4, 2009

  2. illinichick

    illinichick Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    SE Il
    I just removed mine from the nest box every time I went out(usually twice a day). they eventually stopped being broody after doing this for a couple of weeks.
  3. jonathansenn

    jonathansenn Songster

    Mar 16, 2009
    East Dublin, GA
    I agree with illinichick. I have a broody buff that is in the "favorite" nest box. I kept kicking her out for about a week. this morning she was not in the box. I don't know if one of the others beat her there or if she's stopped but I never saw her out when she was being difficult.
  4. Thank you! It's encouraging to know that eventually, they get over it. I have no desire for more chickens, I have enough going on in life, lol, so letting her sit on fertile eggs just wasn't going to happen. I don't even have fertile eggs to begin with.

    The outdoor chicken jail seems to be working, and I let her out of that every coupld of hours to join the rest of the flock in ranging. She'll range for about 30 min, then go back to the coop, so I intercept her and put her back in chicken jail. What an ordeal, lol (for ME).
  5. DukeDawg528

    DukeDawg528 Songster

    Feb 11, 2009
    SouthEastern Kentucky
    I put a bucket on their nest and that stops them every time... [​IMG]
  6. Bellasmom

    Bellasmom In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2009
    I put a box in mine's nest and she got on top of it. [​IMG] So found a piece of wood and completely blocked it off. She's been at it a week and I'm trying to stay strong! Locking her out of the henhouse completely un-nerves her. She shrieks like a horror flick chick and gets totally out of control.[​IMG] Hopefully just a few more days and it will be over![​IMG]
    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I was going to throw out a rabbit hutch (1/4" hardware cloth) but I'm gonna save it for broodys [​IMG]

  8. tknjk

    tknjk Songster

    Nov 28, 2007
    Abilene, TX
    Just put my 3 broody hens in jail today. [​IMG][​IMG]


    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    aw, they're so pretty [​IMG]
  10. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    You people are lucky to have broodies! I want one really bad lol

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