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    • CommentAuthoreamon
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 5:15pm (May 8th 2010) edited
     
    hi my 8 month old light sussex bantam has gome broody again milly we have two lovely chichen but this is the second time in 6 weeks she has gone broody
    try putting her in a wide box for 24 hours ok
    the frist time but this time didnt work
    she is sitting down as much as she can
    this is my frist time emailing on here
    help if you can
    eamon
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 5:27pm (May 8th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi eamon, welcome to the forum.

    She won't do any harm to herself being broody as long as she stops sitting for long enough to eat and drink. Sometimes it's best just to let them 'wait it out' and get it out of their system.

    One of our chickens, Tilly, used to go broody every summer, and sometimes it would be months before she snapped out of it!

    Alternatively you could buy some fertile eggs to put underneath her so she could have a shot at hatching out some chicks.

    Also, block off the area to the nest box (or wherever it is she has started sitting) and make sure there is no way she can get to it. Keep her interested by giving them treats, footballs, mirrors, hang baskets somewhere and put treats inside so they have to figure out how to get them out etc etc Anything to keep her mind from sitting on those 'eggs'!

    If there is no way to block the 'nesting' area off from her, just lift her off every time she settles and put her somewhere else. She should eventually get the message!

    But like I said, it's also fine to leave her being broody, just make sure she is eating and drinking. As long as you are certain she is broody and there are no other problems, it shouldn't be an issue.

    Hope this helps!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 7:21pm (May 8th 2010) edited
     
    Hi eamon it is fair to say that some breed of Hens are more prone to go broody than others to some of us it is an unwanted problem to others it is not a problem at all they are doing what comes naturally. I think red has covered everything else!! Red is very good!!! we would not be without her :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 7:58pm (May 8th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha, thanks Lee :tongue:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 8:36pm (May 8th 2010)
     
    Credit ware credits due Red!!!!:bigsmile: