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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2013 2:26pm (Aug 30th 2013) edited
    How long do they stay broody for? I'm turfing Locky off the nest and locking her out of the henhouse (she HATES me) but all she's doing is sitting on the chopping block instead! So I'm just wondering how many more mornings (it's been about 2 weeks) I have to wander the garden in the mornings in my nightie with a swearing hen clutched to my bosom while I shut the henhouse! I've always let hens sit before because we had fertilised eggs, but since the boys died, there's no point letting them...
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2013 2:55pm (Aug 30th 2013)

    Keeper of the hens

    Unfortunately there's no set time, it depends on the chicken! Tilly once lasted 6 weeks :gasp:

    Turfing them off the nest regularly is supposed to help them get over their broodiness faster though I believe :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2013 6:14pm (Aug 30th 2013)
    I'm fighting with 2 of my Silkie hens right now too...they have been trying to sit on eggs for 3 weeks now. I push them out of the house and shut the door behind them. They are ticked off at me, but the eggs aren't fertile so there is no point letting them kill themselves over infertile eggs.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2013 2:49pm (Aug 31st 2013)
    I'm still ejecting her every morning...she doesn't stop shouting for about ten minutes afterward. She bears a grudge! Thanks for your advice, everyone; looks like I'm in it for the long haul!:face-smile: