Broooooooody Buff Orpington.

Discussion in 'Broody Hens & Egg Laying' started by Iteach2008, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Iteach2008

    Iteach2008 New Member

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    Any ideas on how to stop her?
     
  2. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    My Australorp, Lilah, did this to me a couple months ago. She was extremely insistent - no roo though so no fertilized eggs. I kept picking her up out of the nest box and bringing her outside with me when I was home. I don't know if yours are free-range or kept fenced in. Mine are generally fenced in their run unless we're home when we can keep an eye on them. I also blocked off the nest box on her which made me feel mean but she wouldn't eat, drink or anything. Poor little girl was just as miserable as I was. For us it lasted a week. My Australorp is the only one who went broody. She's a little over a year old. Except for my mix, the others are over 2 years old and have never gotten broody.
     

  3. Iteach2008

    Iteach2008 New Member

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    So how did the other birds get in to nest?
     
  4. Tony-O

    Tony-O New Member

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    Best way I found is to remove her from the nest to a cage out of site of her nest, with lots of air under her. This cools her bottom and usually in about 3 days, she lost interest in setting. ;)
     
  5. Lady_Alia

    Lady_Alia New Member

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    I have an EE that sits, every day, she sits. She's an Easter baby so she's only 5-6 months old....but every day!! I hate forcing her up to get the eggs but I don't want young ones going into winter.
    Poor girl :-(
     
  6. piglett

    piglett Senior Member

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    if you don't have a rooster , get that girl some eggs from someone who has one. she will be glad to hatch you out some new stock :)
     
  7. Iteach2008

    Iteach2008 New Member

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    Will they keep laying when they are broody?
     
  8. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Flocker

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    No, she won't continue to lay when she's broody. I had a blue silkie that stayed broody all winter, and sat on a corn cob. Sounds like a bad joke, but she kept that half cob under her all winter. I left her alone, she kept the other chickens warm, and she didn't eat as much, so I figured what the heck...

    To break them, you have to cool their breast. That is what heats up to keep the eggs and chicks warm. A small cage suspended off the ground works great.
     
  9. Iteach2008

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    She has stopped being broody. I just spent one day taking her off every time she sat down. She hasn't done it since. I think we got lucky.