weird idea for breaking the repeat broody girl ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mo puff, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. mo puff

    mo puff Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2011
    I need suggestions on breaking broody behavior. My Cuckoo Maran has gone broody AGAIN, that's twice in 3 months! Last time I repeatedly and several times a day; physically removed her from the lay box everyday.. over and over and over again... for a period of about 6 weeks! I do NOT want to do that this time! SO, I have slipped 3 golf balls under her and remove the eggs from the other girls daily. I just let her sit in there day after day and have resigned myself to just let her be with her golf balls! However, my husband suggested something a little different. He proposed that I should go buy a baby chick at the feed store and slip the baby under her .. and remove the golf balls. Do you think this would work? Has anyone tried this? I don't want 3 more chicks to equal the 3 golf balls, but could do one more... IF, you all think this may work.
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Its worked for lots of us. I typically introduce chicks at night, hang around for 10 or 15 minutes to make sure everything's okay and then check on them again as early in the morning as I can manage.

    Something to keep in mind though, most feed stores have a 6 chick minimum (at least around here they do). You might want to call ahead and inquire about that before making the drive out.

    Good luck!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Using a broody buster in the future may save you from the weeks of hassle trying to break her as you have done. If interested, just type broody buster in the search box.


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