we don't want her to be broody!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ginna, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. ginna

    ginna New Egg

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    I'm not sure if this is the right part of the forum, so please let me know if I might get more results somewhere else.

    We have a RIR hen that is showing all the signs of being broody. We don't really want her to hatch any eggs, though. Are there downsides to just letting her sit in the empty nesting box? What can we do to make her "not broody"?
     
  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Set her on a wired floor that isn't heated so that, that cool air will affect the heat produce on the belly. Break your broody hens habit
     
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    There are several possible ways to break a broody but the one that seems to work the most consistently is what Master S.M.C said. Use one of those all wire dog crates and put her in that. Give her no bedding but do give her food and water. Generally after a few days, it may take a week, she will get over it and stop being broody.

    It's not fair and too hard on her to just leave her on the nest. Some chickens have been known to die waiting for those eggs to hatch... that never hatch.


    I want a broody right now... can I have her? [​IMG]
     
  4. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My brother in law gives his girls a baby aspirin to "break the fever" and it works every time.

    Michelle
     
  5. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    id give anything for one of my hens to go broody.
    i have the chick fever.
    i wanna MAKE my hens go broody.
     
  6. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

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