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 Post subject: Broody Chook
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:30 pm 
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Does anyone have any suggetions to help a broody chook to stop being broody or do we just wait it out I actually had to buy eggs last week which I found most annoying lol!


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 Post subject: Re: Broody Chook
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:47 pm 
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The best approach is to discombobulate them by changing their environment. And also preventing access to the nest or anything resembling nesting material. We use a metal dog crate inside the chook run (so she still has the company of her friends) with a board over the top to keep off rain, and food and water. No litter on top of the wire floor. Once the chook in question starts to make normal noises again and showing signs of wanting to roost on a perch at night we let her out again. If you catch it early it might only take a few days to snap them out of it.

You do have to do something about it or they just keep wanting to sit and they lose condition.

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 Post subject: Re: Broody Chook
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:46 pm 
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I put mine in a different environment too. Something completely different from where they were settling. At present, its the pen where the not quite adult juniors are. It's light and airy, no dark corners to hide in, etc., and "kids" running around crazily, enough to be continuously disturbed from any idea of nesting and put you off your game..... :)
I don't like some of the broody coops that have been discussed in various fora. I don't think they are necessary. Imagine what is appealing to a broody: dark, enclosed and snuggly - and provide the opposite: light, open and noisy..... Works in most cases. Good luck!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Broody Chook
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:28 pm 
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Thanks everyone, we've started putting her out in the yard and closing the coop during the day will see how that goes if she continues we'll block off the nesting boxes for a few days as our other chook survived dog attack she's doing pretty good now but still not laying we also have 4 young ones that aren't laying yet so don't really need the nesting boxes at the moment.


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 Post subject: Re: Broody Chook
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:37 pm 
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Sounds good. Hopefully that will work. If you see her sitting all fluffed up and spread out you might need to escalate but see how she goes.

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 Post subject: Re: Broody Chook
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:51 pm 
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We've had no luck with our girl she managed to get the coop door open (we didn't latch it properly we just wanted to deter her) and when we blocked the nesting boxes she managed to push the brick we'd put over the opening down and was sitting on the brick.

We have now gone a bought 4 fertile eggs to put under her so she can hatch some babies, my question is do we need to get special food for the chicks when they hatch and will she be able to keep them warm enough or should we invest in a heat lamp and keep them inside until they are a bit older?


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 Post subject: Re: Broody Chook
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:12 pm 
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She will have no trouble at all keeping them warm enough. She will do a far better job of it than any heat lamp.

Yes, you do need to provide special food for the chicks. It’s called chick starter crumble. You also need to provide a water source they can reach but can’t drown in. If you go to a produce store and ask for chick starter crumble and a suitable waterer (one of the green and white bell waterers will do) they should have what you need.

Make sure no other hens can get access to this hen and the eggs and definitely not to the chicks once they hatch. You will need to make sure the barrier is one that chicks can’t get through. They can run through the holes in 20mm x 20mm mesh so make sure your holes are smaller or make the barrier a solid one for the bottom foot or so.

Hope you get a good result from the eggs :)

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