Why is my hen brooding on infertile eggs???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Twiga, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. Twiga

    Twiga Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to keeping chickens so I am confused as to why one of my hens has gone broody, we have no rooster? She is sitting on eggs and has stolen some from another hen. She is very defensive, doesn't come out to eat, I am worried about her wasting away for no reason ( plus I am right out of eggs! ) Please help, can I change her mind or will she give up eventually?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    The funny thing about hens, and also other birds like parakeets and parrots, is that they don't know their eggs will never hatch without a mate. When the broodiness hits them, the hormones take over and they become obsessed with setting on those eggs. It can be very hard to break the broody behavior. I never really try. I lift up my broody and take away the eggs daily, and also I take them off the nest and put them outside every chance I get. They do lose weight and sometimes they pluck off all their breast/belly feathers to make the nest. Those feathers will grow back.

    You can also put them in a wire cage with no bedding of any sort--just food and water. I've heard that this will break them. Make sure, if you do this, that you put the cage in out in the open so that it's not real nice and cozy.

    You could also just get a few fertile eggs from a chicken friend and stick those under her....
     
  3. Twiga

    Twiga Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks Chicmom, I have picked her up and she was hiding 5 eggs! I put her outside and locked the run so she can't go back in. I don't have a wire cage and it sounds a bit cruel to put her though that, so I will wait it out and hopefully she will give up soon!
     

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