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How can you stop a broody hen from being broody?

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Answered 2008-12-29 01:26:04

All the answers below work to some extent, the main theme in each answer is the same. The broody hen just wants to be left alone and if she is bothered too much she will stop brooding. Keep her occupied and away from the nest she has chosen. Remove any and all eggs, move her as often as possible and bother her, making her uncomfortable. This will work in most cases.

Why not just remove the eggs? She willll sit on nothing for a couple days but she will figure it out! Dunk the hen's belly in a pail of cold water until feathers are soaked several times a day. Continue soaking until the hen ceases being broody (usually couple days). Tried, tested and true. Removing the eggs is best way, but be careful; depending on the breed, some hens will be very stubborn. I once had a hen who went broody, we candled the eggs after a week and saw they were bad so we removed them. She would not leave the nest. We kept feeding her at the nest but we had to get her off. We forced her off the nest into a nearby pen with the other chooks. She paced the fence for days, dug under the fence and raced back to her empty nest. She had lost a lot of weight and by the time she gave up on her empty nest more than three months had passed. === === I usually put the hen in a pen with no roost and then put a rooster in with her. Young roosters that are very "sexually excited" work best. She will get bothered and will get out of the broodiness stage. Also you could try putting her in a wire pen with a wire bottom off the ground. The wind will blow under her keeping her cooler and she will get out of the broodiness mood.

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The hen will continue to lay eggs regularly, unless she goes broody. In this case, she will stop laying eggs and will not begin for about a month after she has has been either forced to stop being broody, gives up, or her eggs hatch.


A hen who wants nothing more out of life than to set on her (or other hens) eggs is called a "broody hen," and the behavior is called, being "broody".


With a Momma Duck! Or you can use a broody hen, if you have chickens.


Yes, you can stop a hen from brooding but it takes patience. Daily removal of the eggs laid and gathered by the broody hen. Relocation or removal of the chosen nesting box. The hen will protest, she can be taken out of her nest and forced outside with the rest of the flock. It can take days of repeated action to convince the hen, this is not acceptable behaviour at this time.


A hen will get broody when she needs to lay an egg. or Mary can get broody when she thinks she has been insulted.


It depends on the individual hen, and what breed that hen is. Not every hen will go broody in her lifetime. There are many breeds - such as egg layers - that have been breed to NOT be broody. So therefore, the chances of breeds like that going broody are slim to none. However, you have breeds like cochins and silkies that are very frequent brooders.


You cannot force a hen to go broody. Hens will go broody or not and only the hen will decide. Allowing a clutch of eggs to gather might attract a hen to brood but that is doubtful.


A mother chicken is a HEN Also Known as a broody hen/hen with a brood.


you cant create a chicken that is broody. They have to have the instinct. You can encourage her to go broody by placing eggs under her and letting her sit on them


A broody hen is easy to spot. The hen will remain on the nest when the other hens are going about their daily routine. The hen will often be aggressive when you reach in to remove her eggs. If you remove the hen from her clutch of eggs she will often run right back to the nest, protesting loudly. The broody hen will not roost with the other birds but remain on the nest over night.


Usually, the hen can go back to the eggs, as long as the eggs don't get too cold. If she is in the early stages of being broody (as in just starting to sit), it is more normal then, because the hen doesn't really get off the eggs to eat or drink after that.


With my hens, I take some pretend play-food eggs and place them on the nest. After a little while a hen would become broody. It's quite simple although my hens can go broody naturally.


No. A broody hen is a broody hen and will sit on golf balls once the urge to nest takes her. Hens do not instinctively know if the eggs they are brooding are fertile or not. Hens in a chicken coop without a rooster among the flock will still go broody.


any hen (that means all breeds of chickens and ducks) that is laying may be broody.


Either with a incubator, or a broody hen.


They do not care whose egg it is. If a hen goes broody and starts to set on eggs she will incubate any and all eggs she lays and can steal. Some hens will lay their eggs right beside a broody hen and that broody hen will roll the new egg under herself as if it were her own.


It really depends on how good a broody the hen is, and the reliability of your incubator and your experience incubating chicks.


A broody hen is the term used when a hen is ready to sit on and hatch eggs, or is already sitting on eggs or has chicks. Basically, a hen in a 'mothering mood'. You can tell she's broody by the deep clucks she makes, her fluffing up her feathers and possibly squawking when anyone (including the rooster) comes near, desire to sit on eggs, and of course, if she already has chicks.


You can, but in some cases it can be difficult. Thought "Broody" can represent a hen that is laying or a hen laying on eggs. When a hen is LAYING you can move her, but I dont recomend it. But when a hen is laying on her eggs (if the eggs are fertile DONT move her) but if the eggs are infertile go ahead on and move her.


There are some breeds of hen that will happily go broody by themselves, however some people use fake eggs to try and persuade the chicken to go broody.


There is nothing wrong with the hen. When a hen does this she is trying to sit on eggs to hatch them. These are called broody hens.


No. I tried it but she just went back again.


You cannot stop them from becomming broody. That's natural although if you let it have the run of your yard for a few weeks instead of living in the pen it will eventually go of being Clucky.


No. When a hen is sitting on eggs or going "broody" she stops producing eggs because she cannot sit on anymore. This is why; to most farmers; broody hens are undesirable.


Broody hens do lay eggs. They actually lay one [1] egg every day or two.



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