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Broody hen query

Hi,

I have 4 hens gone broody and it looks like a 5th might be too. She wandered off yesterday for the whole day and didn't come back to the coup to be locked in, only to resurface this morning to be fed.

My flock is small but I'm running out of individual brood boxes. Can two broody hens go in the same box (in different corners, if the box is big enough) or will there be issues like fighting over chicks later when they hatch etc?

(I've never hatched with broodies before, always incubator, so I've always been able to plan space and how many chicks I needed this year etc.)

Anyone looking to buy one? (Large fowl gold laced wyandotte)

Is it easy to break broodiness... Any advice appreciated...

Cork Wyandotte
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

One of my other wyandottes hatched chicks last week, if I gave her 2 or 3 of these, would it break her broodiness?

Cork Wyandotte
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Scrap that idea, I've nowhere to put the eggs under the other hen coz the incubator needs calibration again, unless I can find where the 5th hen is nesting

Cork Wyandotte
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

They should be fine in together inn the brood box. Usually they will just sit right beside each other. Most of the time they are fine being in together with the chicks too

Fintan96
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Never had good things with a brood of broodies, if a hen hatches first an if the others dont kill or steal the chicks they leave the eggs their sitting on to help other hen/s rear.
If i have no room i just break them, i put them in an all wire dog cage, first take out floor tray an put in fine mesh, hang cage on wall of shed or put up on blocks so cool are circulates, then pop broody in there with food an water for a week, a more humane way than ice packs or dunking in cold water!

pearl
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Ok thanks guys

Cork Wyandotte
Thursday, June 13th, 2019

I would echo what Pearl said, the fight to be mother can leave you with crushed day olds and dead eggs...

One hen, with room to sit comfortably, food and water but not reachable from the nest or left over night unless rat proof, and no possibility of other hens slipping in a new egg each day...place to dust bath and not too hot if the summer ever arrives..or treat for mites at the start...

The one sure way to stop a hen clocking (broody) is to move her at night and place very valuable irreplaceable eggs under her...next morning problem solved))

Best of luck, Rj.

RjD
Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Thanks RJ

Cork Wyandotte
Wednesday, June 19th, 2019


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