Claire, I had a chicken that just sit like she had eggs under her,I moved her many times,so another hen layed 5 eggs and got off them and went outside so I picked them up and put them under the sitter she hatched them all and is a great mom to them.i said to the white hen you snooze you Claire. Hi Tracy, No nest box only a roost and water/ feed bowls. The other problem we have now is when she does come out, the other 2 chickens attack at her. A broody hen does not eat, drink, or exercise as much as hens that are not broody. She is eating very little and not now even very interested in treats. They looked around the yard like they had never seen it before, but one by one they started doing their normal chicken things again. Thank you so much for the site it is superb. She is at the bottom of the pecking order and more frazzled than any chicken I have ever experienced, hence her name “Scarty Cat”, Hi Rajni, I discussed this issue with a guy I met in Nicaragua. You can use your birds to hatch their eggs. You will need a large space for breeding quail. Move the birds to a cage after their 6 weeks of age. How long are the good? There have been several studies comparing the behavior of pen-raised quail after they have been released to that of wild quail, starting with their flight patterns. Try putting eggs in the other nests it usually encourages mine to start laying in other boxes. Will the other hens in the flock accept these chicks or will they need to be separated with “mom” until they are older? Claire. I liked your idea of taking them out of the nest boxes( there are 4 boxes), but with them locked out, what about the other 10 chickens that lay their eggs in the boxes? Feed the chicks with starter feed. At this point we’ve always managed to break our hen’s broodiness however, other backyard chicken owners haven’t been this fortunate so what else can you do? Claire. Thank you for the advice. Everything You Need To Know. To anyone struggling with super stubborn hens, I have buff Orpingtons who will kill themselves trying to brood. I have got seven girls three of them have gone broody, if I get some fertilised eggs and put them in the cope with all seven girls under the three broody ones will the baby chicks be okay when they hatch with the other girls. This seems to ‘focus’ the hen and stops her abandoning the eggs for the other ones that she would otherwise see being laid around her. Hi Stephanie, NOPE! A chicken starter with around 28 percent of protein will be good for the quail chicks. Claire. Please help! Just as its going dark and your hens are going back to the coop to roost, take your broody hen from her nest and place her with the other chickens roosting. Yes, when they are extremely broody! How long will it take for her feathers to come back in and is there anything I need to do to help her heal? I am going to be incubating eggs taken from a brooding hen. I have tiny bugs on my coop, I have diatomaceous earth under straw in coop and put some on the outside but little buggers still there. Yes, it can certainly affect their egg laying- our hens aren’t laying as much as the moment as well I started by putting Queen hen in loft, where she would examine entire loft, talk to grounded chicks “Watch this I’m gonna jump? I just squirt them with water when they chase her and it seems to work for a little while . The boody box is the only way to go, 3 days and they are fixed! We were thinking of Sikies as they get on well with humans (I would like to be able to pet/stroke them!) Which is more than I can say for hen number 4/6, who has been broody for neArly a month. Can I buy day old chicks and coax her to take care of them? If there are no eggs, is this still consider broody? If she is broody, she wouldn’t have laid an egg would she? Claire. Claire. Hi, We have 4 light sussex hens. two of them were broody for the past month but i have one who i think is too scared to lay. They are making a clutch before they sit on them. Clearly, if there is no rooster involved then the eggs won’t be fertile and she can sit on top of the eggs for the rest of her life but they still won’t hatch! All industrial agriculturalists cull broody birds because the behavior inhibits production. I cover all of this in my article here: But she does not seem too be straining nor does she seem worn out and sickly like the hens I’ve treated for egg impaction. Just started 2 days ago. If your curious, the other chickens are: 2 Gold Laced Wyondettes, a Rhode Island Red, a Light Brahma, and an Americuana. I normally get 3 to 4 eggs a day from the 5 hens. Ever hear of something called DROWNING? new to the whole chicken thing…..we have a hen that is doing this …. How long do they sit on the frozen veggies? Whatever the case, you can be certain that if you want chicks and need a broody hen there won’t be one in sight, however the day you don’t want a broody hen is the day you get one! I was wondering why her feathers were missing on her chest and underside. If she can stay in the doghouse and you can make it secure, that would be the best solution. Also – I completely opened up coop so they won’t go in and lay. I agree with you- in my experience chicken jail is the most effective Thanks So how do you break a hen out of her broodiness? Hi Micah, The Coturnix quail is a pleasant little breed of quail that many opt to keep for meat, eggs, and in some cases, as a pet. Can I leave her in the unprotected doghouse at night? It’s hard to say. I would follow the advice in this article to stop her being broody. I was gone on vacation for 8 days and the person watching my animals failed to get the eggs out of the box so when I returned I had 9 eggs that a hen had been laying on. Any time you train anything, human or not, break it into small steps and set them up so they have no choice but to succeed. I think at least a week or so. Claire. We’re about a month away from our 1st egg. He also gave us one of his eggs and I placed the egg in the next nesting box after a few minutes I noticed she was trying to push the egg over to her side so I took the egg and put it on her side. You can leave her to ‘brood’ and after 21 days (which is when chicks would hatch if the eggs were fertile) she should snap out of it, however in our experience they won’t and they need to be ‘broken’. from my great-granny maria, rip. Thanks, After three days let the hen out and watch her, see if she goes back to the nesting box or if she socialises with the rest of the flock. We have 3 Peking Bantam chickens that are a year old. so I did the same for her. I do have water in the kennel for her. Once she goes in on her own, the rest follow after some discussions. 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