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winter babies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by needler, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. needler

    needler In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2011
    Athol, Idaho
    I'm not sure where to post this so I'll try here. We are new with chickens and this is our first winter. We have one hen that has become broody and won't leave the favorite nest box. I've been snatching the eggs from under her because I'm afraid if they hatch they won't survive the winter. I don't want her to give it up for ever but don't want to loose a chick either. Also now the other's are laying outside since she is in the favorite box. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.


  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If your coop is large enough, I'd stick her hiney in a dog crate or something inside the coop (without bedding), or stick the crate (still without bedding) in the garage or some other secure location for about 2 days. Of course you'd need to put food/water in with her. Just keeping her from the nest for a while may break her. I've shut broodies out of the coop for the bulk of the day (but I have two coops, so the others still had a place to lay) to break them, and that's worked for me more than once.
  3. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Songster

    Apr 3, 2011
    San Diego
    You say 'you dont want her to give it up forever' Dont worry, she won't. I've been able to brake a hen of broodiness for a few weeks, but she always goes back to it. Once the 'broody bug bites..." She wants chicks. Keep moving her to another less popular nest. Give her some fake eggs or golf balls to sit on. She may leave the favorite nest for the others.
  4. desertskynm

    desertskynm In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2010
    I am now raising 2 month old ducks- and I have to tell you- I will NEVER again try to do this during the winter. Just too cold and the babies are too unprepared.

    Let her have her fun come spring...
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Its definately harder in the winter but you can raise them in the winter if you choose too. I've never had a chicken go broody but I would think a broody hen would certainly be easier.
  6. needler

    needler In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2011
    Athol, Idaho
    Folks thanks for the advise. It has been about 5 days, how long does this usually last? I'll try locking her out of the coop during the day and see how that goes before I drag the dog kennel down from the rafters!
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011
  7. Toshi

    Toshi Songster

    Jul 2, 2011
    IN corn state
    broodyness can take a while if she aint sitting on any eggs. I think it is like 21 or 30 something days for eggs to hatch (If i am wrong sorry) if you want to break her do as the others suggested

    also i heard a mesh bottom cage works well to break them of it, the air underneath them stops them or soemthing like that.

  8. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    She will probably be broody for 3-4 weeks at least. If you really don't want chicks, just leave her alone and let her sit. She won't get disappointed and never do it again if she doesn't hatch something. Putting her in a crate or box in a quiet, dark place won't break her, because that is a perfect place to be broody. She'll just keep right on sitting, if the move doesn't instantly offend her out of it.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011
  9. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Songster

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
    I could write the exact same thing, one of my silkies has decided that she MUST hatch out some babies. I have been on her for the last 3 weeks pulling eggs out since I really don't want chicks, kicking her out of the box but nothing shes so stubborn!

    Well I have given in she is on 2 eggs now and if they hatch good for her.. If they don't and are bad well I hope it will stop her from going broody for awhile.

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