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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:10 am 
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My big australorp girl is a beautiful chook but she is prone to broodiness and wild hormones. I got her 3 years ago and she has since raised 3 lots of chicks like a champion and goes broody at the drop of a hat. But lately she seems very frustrated. She has just gone into laying again after raising the most recent batch of chicks. She has taken to screaming down the neighbourhood every morning anywhere from 6.30am and this can go on for some time. We live in suburbia so I am quite aware she would be driving the neighbours batty, especially on a Sunday morning! She screams bloody murder!

Is there anything I can do about this? Or do I just have to wait it out til her hormones settle? Does she need a rooster? I have no intention of giving her more chicks if she goes broody again at this point so I'm wondering if the kind thing to do is to find a farm for her (and her sister hen who is a cross-breed and doesn't go broody) where there's roosters? How many seasons to hens go brood for generally?

I am just taking a stab that's it's her hormones that cause her to get like this. There's no environmental factors I can think of that are bothering her.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:50 am 
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Some hens are just obnoxious, lol, a rooster won't stop it.

Is she laying properly? Eggs of a normal size, nothing stuck or prolapsing? If there isn't a physical cause then it could just be that she's decided to turn into a banshee.

I have one like that. She doesn't do it all the time, but when she does, my dog, the carry-on. She was standing on the trampoline yesterday screaming like she was being murdered. :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:45 pm 
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haha I have had the odd chook like that! fortunately the neighbours are far enough away here so it is OK.

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