Broody hen

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Broody hen

Post by sarah0817 » 22 Jul 2014, 22:45

Hello everyone

I am a newbie in this forum. My partner and I have had our chickens for about 5 years now. We currently have three.

I would like to ask about a broody hen. Nugget isn't laying eggs anymore and she just sits in nesting box with or without eggs under her. For the past week, I have been moving her out of the nesting box and close the door. I do this everyday that when she now sees me, all I have to say is "down" and she grumbles and walk out of the nesting box!

Can broody hens lay eggs again?

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Re: Broody hen

Post by soufle » 23 Jul 2014, 07:21

Hi Sarah 0817 , there should be no reason why nugget wont lay again unless she is very old. From my limited experience they can take a while to get the broodiness out of their system . I do the same to mine ,I take them off the nest spitting and squawking several timers a day.Some people have 'bespoke' broody cages , mesh floor to keep the birds undercarriage cool.!
I put mite powder on them too as its usually easy to get hold of them at this time .Mine are abit flighty.

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Post by sarah0817 » 24 Jul 2014, 21:43

Thanks souffle!

Just to update, nugget has stopped nesting. I was surprised to see her out of the box and just happily scratching the floor! Hope to see eggs from her in a couple of days.


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Post by drfish » 25 Jul 2014, 08:58

It can take up to a couple of weeks to get everything back in sync, so don't be too alarmed if you don't see any eggs for a little while.
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Re: Broody hen

Post by sarah0817 » 05 Aug 2014, 22:52

Hi all

Happy to announce that nugget has started laying eggs!

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