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Breaking broody


Been trying to break broody from week 3 when eggs were infertile or rotten.

Heading into 7th week and I'm worried.

She shows no signs of stopping feeding sardines to keep her strength up but now she's made a second hen broody.

Incubator needs calibration. Again.
So can't use.

Anyone have handful of chicks to break these two hens?

LF Wyandotte chicks preferably to keep line good but I'm desparate so open to possibilities.

Cork Wyandotte
Saturday, July 29th, 2023

To break broodiness I put the hen into a dog cage with a non Brody hem for a few days.Broody hens seem to hate this and for me it works every time.

Sunday, July 30th, 2023

Willing to try anything lol will do thanks

Cork Wyandotte
Sunday, July 30th, 2023

A method that I have used. Is to soak the broody hen in cold water. I used a nearby creek. I can't guarantee it to work but you could try it in a pinch I suppose. Hope you can get something to work Cork Wyandotte.

Monday, July 31st, 2023

Put her in a wire cage with a mesh bottom, suspended off the ground, ideally in an open area , so she has nowhere to brood, for a few days, pop her back in if it doesn't work first time. Feeding high protein food like sardines probably doesn't help, I would put her on whole wheat.

Monday, July 31st, 2023

Thanks Craig and Glyn.
Tried bathing her in hot weather a few weeks back and was hoping preening whole day would break.
Tried the cage idea too for two days. Maybe not long enough.

Have put non broody hen in with two broodies now with wire cage and very little bedding so floor is flat.
Here goes.

Cork Wyandotte
Monday, July 31st, 2023

A wire floor and getting her up a height will help a lot, you never see a broody bird up a tree! it also helps cool her brood patch down. Personally I wouldn't put any other hens in with her especially another broody, but put her where she can see the others scratching around, idealy below her.

Monday, July 31st, 2023

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