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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:43 am 
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I thought I was well set up to manage my broody Wyandottes BUT it is now to the stage where it is getting to me!

I have a large cage set up in the chook run for them but it now has a rotation of broody hens using it.

No sooner does one lot of broodies come good in it but the next lot of broodies have to be imprisoned. I only have 4 mature hens!

For example, I let one lot out last Sunday and put two new ones in several days later. They seem to go about 2-3 weeks then go broody again.
The usual stay is 1 week in the broody box before I release them again.

The only thing I can think of is that 1 week in the sin bin isn't enough to break this super broody cycle....if it's not that then I can only think that I have 'evil hens' who delight in giving me more work! :mmaad


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:36 am 
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haha - I have never seen the logic in defining the breeding period as from (about) July to November when all my birds want to sit from October to March. Maybe it has to do with the show cycle.
I'm playing the same musical broody game here but I just bung every one into the same couple of large wire dog crates until they are consistantly perching at night. All food goes on the ground to encourage activity and the more they annoy each other, the faster they seem to get over it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:37 pm 
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Yep, I do that too but the 'cure' only lasts a couple of weeks and they are back broody again!! :aaah!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:15 pm 
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Haha. Yes! I have had a broody Australorp for around 2 months now. She's not even sitting on any eggs!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:36 am 
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You can be a great "broodiness" manager, but a lot depends on a chicken. They are all different, as you know (as are people).
In my case, just one of three is getting broody once per year for no longer than three weeks. I'm not putting her into special cages or something like that. Just chasing her out of the nesting box now and then.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:59 pm 
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I have one hen who is constantly getting broody, after several months I gave up and gave her some fertile eggs to hatch.
She thinks she won, but I'd call it a draw as I loooove little baby fluffies and kind of wanted some anyhow.
(that's what I'll keep telling myself anyhow :rofl: )


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Sounds like a win win! :laughing :laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:12 am 
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As I prefer to vaccinate my chicks I really don't want any more chickens at the moment.
Couldn't vaccinate for Fowl Pox due to unavailability but did vaccinate for Mareks.

I had 3 lots of chicks from September last year onward and with all the organisation of pens, I am over chickens for the time being.
It would be a lot easier if I just let the chickens do their own thing but I have a breeding program that I am following so I can't.
Also broody hens in this heat is just not good at all. I wish it would rain!


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