As other owners have stated, she eats, drinks, and relieves herself and heads back to the nesting box. If you’ve decided to allow nature to take its course, your hen will happily sit on her eggs until they either hatch, or she realizes they aren’t going to hatch (usually about 21 days later). Today she is still broody but now having a dust bath. How effective was it- I haven’t heard of this before I have a brooder and now, my others are pecking her feathers off of her neck – I’m assuming because they want to lay where my brooder won’t move from. And placing a heat-lamp in the area will be good. Have you been entertained by the piano playing hen on You Tube? I was upset of course! She has a super strong instinct and will not leave her nest to eat or relieve herself unless physically taken away from the nest and locked out of the coop. Now, how long before we can take her away from them. If there are no eggs, is this still consider broody? I am fairly certain she will set on the eggs we provide, I’m just wondering if she will adjust to having her nesting are moved…..we can’t leave her there and move the other 10 hens to a new coop. If you don’t want chicks then we’d recommending trying to break your hen’s broodiness straight away. Hi Irene, My husband and I are new to raising chickens. To relieve her discomfort, she constantly turns the eggs under her body. I have a Buff that I think is “broody” based on everything I have read here. Left unattended your hen will normally stay broody for around 21 days (this is how long eggs take to hatch if they were fertile). Thanks Claire. My other hen started sitting when her eggs is only ~ 8 eggs. 4 days later, my happy Rosie Red is back to normal, eating corn from my hand again. We’ve had a few wet, colder days and she’s still not snapping out of it! What has worked best for me is to simply put the hen in “jail” for a few days, which in my case is a separate wired-off compost bin (so a nice jail for a chicken!). We recently got 5 hens. I just want to do the right thing for her ‘mommy brain’. I have a buff that has been broody 4 times in the past month And half. Is this normal? My broody hen is in her first laying cycle. 5 eggs for about 1 week when we went to check on her she had moved off the eggs she was on and is now on a separate set of eggs. Let's stay updated! Hi Lee, They looked around the yard like they had never seen it before, but one by one they started doing their normal chicken things again. I placed two day old keets in with one of my brooding silkies and they are doing great. This is the second time she has decided to sit on the eggs allll day long for days on end. Have you tried getting one of the large telescopic poles, that should be able to reach her to get her out… They sit on top of each other in the same nesting box. Broody birds often pluck feathers from … However, if you don’t want chicks then having a broody hen is problematic. is she broody? She went back, so I’ll pick her up again tomorrow. Claire. The only way I can stop my girl is the cage. Hope I did not wait too long to break her. The older chicken is sitting next to the nesting box. And yes, she’s a buff broodington. I don’t want all of them to get broody. Another important note to make is certain breeds are much more likely to turn broody than others. It will be good if you can keep each male and his females separate from others. Sometimes when there are broody hens in the nesting box, the other hens will lay eggs elsewhere in ‘secret nests’. After closing up that spot and some potential others, forcing her to roost in the coop broke her after just a couple days. The structure should be robust enough to keep out large predators, with no gaps to admit smaller ones. Claire. I have broke her 3 times but she just goes back broody so this time i am just letting her sit. If you want to break broodiness I wrote about some ways here She is broody and sat on 4 fertilised eggs. Quails generally require between 13 and 16 hours of lighting period daily. Claire. Claire, Hi there, Thank you so much for this blog, I have only had my 3 girls, 2Sussex and one Rhode Red since 10th May and the Red this weekend started pulling her feathers out and looking pretty scary! Quail hens don’t tend to brood well and will usually leave their eggs to the elements and outdoor temperatures. Hope mama and the chicks are doing well . The turning takes place approximately every 18-30 minutes. They are very small. After 17th day of sitting, check on your birds more often. At first she would eat from a small pot whilst on top of the coop. Also as we previously noted, broody hens can bite so make sure to wear gloves when you’re doing this. Any suggestions? But how do I force a chicken to eat? 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What a lovely idea If you have the space it’s a great way We have 5 other hens and a rooster. I’m headed to the grocery store for frozen veggies. We’ll go out in the morning and let the other girls out of the coop, then let ‘Momma’ out of her igloo and see if she wants to eat and drink. We got some Easter Eggers this past April and incorporated them into our older flock, who have been loving the chance to sit on some eggs again. Did you simply use the frozen vegetables in the nesting box? Best idea I’ve used, is put the broody hen in my ‘new chicken introduction enclosure’. Then I thought some more. Eeeek….. not head first! My guess is that the 3 week old featherling has taken on a mothering role to the babies, and is screaming to try and protect them from my evil hands. Everyone is happy the next morning. Hi, I have a buff Peking bantam who sound like she is broody. Hi I have a broody silkie who has been sitting for 20 days ..im fairly sure her eggs are duds though we do have 2 roosters I have candles them and they don’t seem to be fertile….what would happen if inout fertile eggs under her now at day 20 of her sitting ???? She broke after a long 32-day….finally.. What do you do with one that keeps getting broody? Don’t worry its less dramatic than it sounds… However other breeds such as Cochins, Buff Orpingtons and Silkies can get broody multiple times each year! You don’t need to wait 21 days as chickens can’t count. They nest and sleep in the same area so if I close it off, none of the girls can lay..I was home yesterday for a while and had time to close one in for a while to lay, but can’t do this everyday as I will be gone working. We have to resort to the broody buster every time. The optimum humidity during the incubation period is 45 percent, increasing to 80 percent during the hatch. As soon as I open the coop door in the evening, the brooding hens go in. I normally get 3 to 4 eggs a day from the 5 hens. Hi Tracy, If you cannot manually remove her from the nest, you can close off the coop but provide a small box with straw somewhere so others can lay somewhere else till her broodiness is broken. The best way to stop a broody hen is for it to have never happened in the first place and there are several things you can do to reduce the chances of your hens turning broody. Hi Misty, Claire. I have some old hybrid layers(16 months) and a Rhode Island red. Claire. You can gently move your hen and her eggs to a safer location. I have a hen that hatched her chicks yesterday! A broody hen will normally lay no more than 2 more eggs when she starts sitting- so however many eggs are they now is probably it now. So most of the people will just run the incubator until hatch time is reached without candling. If you were dipped UPSIDE DOWN in water it would flood your nose choking you. I took them all out as we do not want anymore chicks. The best blog ever! They laid for about 2 weeks and now they are all broody again and have been for the last week. 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. Here are the top signs of a broody duck, and how to spot them. Can that happen? Could she be broody in winter. Annette from Germany, Hi Annette, ‘Locking up’ the nest boxes only really works when you have a few chickens- I don’t think its practical when you have a flock of your size. One chicken went back to the nest that night, but I just played the video the next day and that was that for her. So glad I found this site!! All industrial agriculturalists cull broody birds because the behavior inhibits production. Make sure the cage doesn’t have anything in there except food and water- this means no bedding. Claire, My hen jusy decided that if I blocked her from the nesting box she would hide in a dark corner on the back porch. Will the other hens in the flock accept these chicks or will they need to be separated with “mom” until they are older? You are so right. Claire, by the way, i was looking for broody hen for so long as they tend to be expensive here (melbourne, Australia) and i found here that you guys want to break their broodiness !! Hi Tom, We have 3 Peking Bantam chickens that are a year old. If she was broody then no she would not continue to lay eggs. I decided to let her and gave her 2 extra eggs. Provide chick starter and water. This sounds like a great idea- thank you Chrissie! My questions are: do I leave her in the kennel at night? They do this because when a hen is broody their body temperature rises so reducing it (with the frozen vegetables) will sometimes send a message to their brain that they aren’t broody anymore. Breeding quail is generally easy, but it can be difficult sometimes. Hence the comment: “you almost certainly won’t see a young hen going broody during their first laying season” does not go with my young and sad looking hen. It was suggested that I place them under her at night and take the eggs away. Are the two hens still broody? Turned out I had left the decoy eggs in the boxes too long (to get them started) and she was trying to hatch them! And this cause serious injuries. If you do let her brood make sure to check her condition as she won’t be moving around or taking dust baths so she might get mites or lice. Claire. Claire. I have a uniquely obnoxious broody hen problem. Generally no...quail do not go broody. These tiny birds begin laying while barely little more than chicks themselves, and can lay up to 300 eggs annually.In the United States, the coturnix quail is the most common type raised domestically. Michael. Hi Peta, Cross between paternal Blue Plymouth Rock stock with Barred Plymouth Rock hens.) Now the next time she goes broody I will know to remove the nest box lids and replace with the grills, if I can do this as soon as she starts she should change her mind quickly (hopefully). Hi In some ducks this maternal instinct is stronger than others and it can happen at any time. Hi Sherrie, It’s not her first try at being broody:( Even ducks can be put under your hen. For successful breeding of quail you must have to have enough time and money. This leaves them open to predators. 13-16 hours of lighting period daily will increase the quail’s egg production. I thought she was egg bound at first, But she doesn’t walk bow-legged, her butt isn’t dirty, and she isn’t lethargic. Recently, he has started making a tiny pterodactyl scream (the sort that broody hens make) when he sees me reach my hand or feed scoop into the brooder. 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’. I was wondering why her feathers were missing on her chest and underside. let CurrentYear = new Date().getFullYear() This has gone on more than a month now. I read your article with interest as I have had a broody hen for three and a half weeks. ☹. She will sit on top of her eggs (and others which she’s stolen) all day long in attempt to hatch them. Hi Claire, one of our older chickens has gone broody and been sitting on eggs for over a week. You seem to be the only site that is active that may know how to handle this puzzle. Here are the top signs of a broody duck, and how to spot them. Proud to report, I put Miss Betty back in the pen with the other girls & she hasn’t been back in the nesting box yet!!? My Rhode Island Red has been broody for weeks. It can be straight away, just keep an eye on moma hen to make sure she looks after them By morning she will take them as her own. It certainly sounds like it! We’re about a month away from our 1st egg. Hi Fran, If you put fertilized eggs in with the broody hen when they hatch. Also. What will happen if I don’t break her broody? We’ve tried everything apart from the cage. Supposedly she’ll soon move off the nest. Have you tried blocking all access to the egg boxes for a few days? From all I’ve read, the roosts are of the correct composition and height. two of them were broody for the past month but i have one who i think is too scared to lay. I would try moving her to a crate now to stop her being broody. Poor Strawberry Blond! By morning she was sitting next to the 4 nesting boxes again, so I gave up on the eggs she was sitting on. Hi Missy, Depending on the species, quail eggs will take between 16 and 23 days to hatch. Wouldn’t she be afraid outside in the dark? For now we’ve got her sitting on fake eggs. I had searched for days for new techniques to break my hens and found the answer in a random comment, not even in an actual article. All she wants to be is a mom! So keeping the males separated from each other will keep safe from fighting. I get day old baby chicks from local feed store, know they are hens and sneak them under my brooding hen after several days… they have always taken the babies as their own. We have dated the egg and expected it to hatch any day now. 1 is broody for the 3rd time, I think only because the 2nd is broody for the 1st time and has been for over 5 weeks. Your email address will not be published. It’s very frustrating! With that being said, the name “Jumbo” is simply a term for a large Coturnix quail. Providing Bernedette doesn’t stay broody any longer then I would say your other hens won’t turn broody either… We have a hen around here we call ‘Broody Betty’. They almost never turn broody because they have had this instinct bred out of them. I am going to incubate some eggs but also thought of putting some more under her. https://www.thehappychickencoop.com/6-ways-to-break-a-broody-hen/ They look healthy in every way. I broke her once by separation in another coop with no nesting boxes available, for 3 days and after about 2 weeks she started laying eggs again for a couple days and then she went broody again. However, if you use the ‘breaking’ methods above your hen should only stay broody for a few days. After playing in clean coop and run all day, I thought they would be exhausted and go to bed. Your hen is squawking whenever you approach her and she won’t leave her nesting box, what’s wrong, is she ill? Can you purchase a fertilised egg and then put it under a broody hen. In case of hatching eggs with an incubator, all species will require a temperature of 37.5 °C at the center of the eggs, decreasing slightly to 37 °C once they start to hatch on the final days. Today I went to work and when I got back she was out of the nest… What shall I do? I tried many suggestions & no luck. I discussed this issue with a guy I met in Nicaragua. Hi Claire, Claire. But she will never stay out of the box for long, even though she has no eggs to sit on because I remove them as soon as the others lay them. Picked the broody hen up out of her nest today. and refuse to budge. Creating a Separate Brooding Area A bit much to negotiate for young chicks. If she’s still broody you have one stubborn girl but don’t worry, we still have some more tricks up our sleeves. She just goes in to the nest box beside Bellatrix and lays! I make sure she eats and drinks. Thank you. Hi Melissa, (Love this site). She moved her eggs at one point, maybe that’s a factor. Now – I see lots of options for breaking her of this broodiness – but I also see talk about letting her have some chicks! Separating males from the females is necessary for preventing fighting. We had one go broody and no rooster, so we bought 2 chicks and placed under her at night. She is so obsessed with her breeding, that when I take her from the nest she will not stand on her feet for the first few minutes but will lay in the soil, looking for straw that has stuck to her feet when picking her up from the nest, pushing it under her belly. I’ll try the frozen veg. Good luck Much of the broodiness and raising broods has been lost in quail and unlike chickens, don't get all excited to set on a clutch of eggs. In short- yes you can buy day old chicks and coax her but it can be hit and miss. It will be better if the environment is free from predators, loud noises, high traffic and other birds or animals. Required fields are marked *. Please help. Two months ago we got 11 hens, different breeds and ages, from a person who was moving. Keep the hen and her chicks separated from the flock. I’ve been lifting Bellatrix out, messing up the nest box and flooding the coop with it only being opened for aurora to lay but she seems to run back in as soon as it’s open! Any way at all to entice a broody chicken out for food and water (I mean, clearly she sneaks out when I don’t see her)? You will also need to have a lot of space for housing your birds. Bad Quail Behavior or Predator? 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? Would the chick be accepted or would it be in danger from the other hens. Because after 17th day the chicks will be close to hatching. This weekend will have to do some damage control. This year God know what else to put under them? Whoo boy. Great to hear! Hi Brian, If I got some peeps will clarabell get. Lesley. Quails are wonderful birds and their popularity is increasing rapidly. Now she will eat hardly anything and her crop often feels empty or nearly empty. We have our 3 girls in a chicken tractor. So I went outside, brought up a long video of chicks cheeping on YouTube, and just let it play. Hi Linda, At first we thought they would smother and crush each other, but they survived. So, they quickly learned the fun part jumping down, so I had to put them up in loft so they could practice jumping. Mine can play a little. Claire, We have 2 hens. - The Happy Chicken Coop - All Rights Reserved. Any clue so I can be more aware the next time? Once we got the “entering sleeping in coop” part, I worked on getting up! In terms of food and water just make sure she has some in the kennel with her… If it’s not for all these reasons, or even these delicious quail egg recipes, it’s because they are so darn funny.I did a lot of research before I got Coturnix quail. I have a Easter egger hen that’s been broody since day one she’s had two sets of baby’s but out of no ware she’s stopped and is now laying one egg a day and just leaving it ,and her and my rooster haven’t mated in a while. Another method he suggested is to spray the hen with cold water – not drench her but enough to make he uncomfortable. Claire. Poor thing! Claire, Claire It is not possible to sex eggs,YET. In general, the first time you can let them return to the coop, but if they run for the egg box, cage them again Well she think it’s hers and move on? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Claire. BUT this is her first laying season – she is about 8 months old and we are in NH where the weather is going to be getting quite cold. You will need a large space for breeding quail. Once they return to normal the egg laying should start again within several days, however sometimes it can be up to a month before she starts laying routinely again (when she does make sure to read about storing your chickens’ fresh eggs). I have one hen that’s broody the last 2 days. If you’ve never seen a broody hen before you might be wondering, how do you know if a hen is broody or not? Which is more than I can say for hen number 4/6, who has been broody for neArly a month. Claire. She, and another hen are now getting the cage method as they other methods have not worked. What a good mum. They go broodie as soon as hot days come in Spring off they go about 6 at a time. My mother keeps telling me to put cayenne pepper in their food no I have not tried it yet but to shut her up should i or shouldn’t i. Try to place the cage or house for your birds in a calm environment. I suppose maybe best thing to do is put Buff into cage and open up boxes for the polish and the bantam. How long can she go like this? What should we do? But the Queen I would put halfway on latter facing up, and kind of be there if she got freaky. We are finishing our 3rd day. She moved her eggs at one point, maybe that’s a factor. Wish me luck! But I wasn’t worried about that, I just wanted them to go in there. Any advice? Aug 9, 2018 - If you've never had a duck go broody, you might wonder what to expect. Occasional check up is fine as long as you are calm and quiet. Thanks, Hi Ron, It is quite easy to spot because the broody duck will simply sit in the nesting box (or flower pot!) Although some quail don’t make good parents and some are hard to get broody. Reactions: igorsMistress and Feather Hearts. I have seen her in her yard literally 1 time all summer! Also remove the nesting straw out of the box to further dampen her spirits just in case she does break back in! 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