Very persistent broody hens!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Dec1an, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. Dec1an

    Dec1an Chirping

    Mar 6, 2012
    Yorkshire, England
    Hello all, I have a mixture of hens from my flock of around 50 that will not stop being broody. Pekins, sussex, orpingtons are the main birds that try it. I constantly move them every day when I collect the eggs but the next day back again.

    I have even tried putting ice cubes underneath them and they still wont budge.

    Have any of you guys and gals got any other alternatives? Ive heard of using raises wire or something so their bellys get cold but they are using my main nest boxes and the other girls may not lay.

  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    The only successful method I've experienced is the elevated, open-mesh bottom cage. And I place a fan under it at night, which speeds up the process. Usually, a hen will be "broken inside of three days with this method, but I've had some persist beyond five days.

    As long as you permit them to sit on a nest, they will remain broody for a month or longer.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I agree, seems like I've seen folks have the best luck with a wire bottom cage, elevated. If they have access to the nest, they'll continue to be broody. You have to cool their undersides to help break the hormonal cycle that keeps them broody.
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    I agree with the above about using wire cages to break broodys. I just use wire dog crates sitting on pieces of 2x4, with wire spacing that is about 1 x4" on the bottom and put perches in there and small food and water dishes hanging from the side so they can't sit in them. They don't like to stand on the wire so sit on the perches most of the time, usually they give up in a couple of days, but I leave them in there a week. Have never tried the fan idea, can see why that would go even faster.
  5. From previous experience I have dipped my hen's head and all in a bucket filed with cold water

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