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Any way to stop my hens going broody?

As above, I have a few large light Sussex hens that I am collecting eggs from for breeding. The are constantly going broody since Christmas. I put them into the cattle trailer for a few days to cool down and it works but by the time she goes back the next one is sitting. They are getting layers pellets and a bit of growers trough it. Any tips or tricks to stop them going broody? Thanks

Tw
Thursday, April 4th, 2019

A couple of tip,s seen used over 50 year,s ago,Probably not PC today.
We used to put them on to wire mesh which meant they had nothing to clock on.
Another one we used was get a large bucket of cold water and completely submerge your hen for a few second,s,this seemed to shock the hen out of clocking mode,{ the hens in those days were a lot hardier!!}

bigwull
Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Yeah as bigwull said the wire cage or else a dunk in water to cool them off.be careful though cos with this cold weather they might die if theyre soaked.you could sell them as broodys too or else put them sitting on golf balls out of the way somewhere

Doctorsroomghost
Thursday, April 4th, 2019

You need new "laying hens" 😉 either set egg laying eggs under your cookers or sell your clocks and buy in layers there's really no need to dunk hens in water and what not these days your hens are only doing what their bred for get some leghorn or black minorca and you'll probably never get a sitter again.

paddycrawford
Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Buy some light Sussex eggs from another breeder.

rob101
Thursday, April 4th, 2019

These are fairly well breed types of large fowl for pure breeding. They have a roll away nest box but are happy to sit in it even with no eggs lol. I might just have to put up with it. I just thought that they wouldn't be as broody as they are. Their bantam Sussex buddy's are flying it laying.

Tw
Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Anyone have any clocking hens for sale or in the next few weeks?

Niall124
Thursday, April 4th, 2019

I have the opposite problem with hatching I have two geese they won't stop laying and start hatching I have 40 eggs. If someone could hatch some for me it would be great i have no problem paying for this

Euan
Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Do you eat the goose eggs Euan

Doctorsroomghost
Thursday, April 4th, 2019

No but they put a great shine on the dogs

Euan
Friday, April 5th, 2019


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