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Post by MrsNesbitt on 14th July 2010, 11:39 am

As you know we have 6 hens, no cockerel. They are just over 1 year old. They generally lay one egg each a day.
On Sunday 2 hens startes sitting on the eggs.
Yesterday we managed to get them off and removed the 6 eggs.
They are back in the henhouse now - sitting!
Obviously they get aggressive when we approach but just wondered what to do - no more hens seem to be laying.

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Post by Broadstoneuk on 14th July 2010, 3:56 pm

You can either:

Break the brood:
Isolate the broody chicken in a plain wire type pen with nowhere to 'brood' hopefully this'll snap her out of it. Or, lock her out of the coop.

Take advantage:
Get some fertilised eggs and let her hatch them out. It's best to create a separate 'broody coop' for this where she can get on with it without the others bothering her.

Jane also wrote a blog about 'coping with broody hens' which is here : http://www.broadstoneuk.co.uk/blog/?p=76
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Post by Broadstoneuk on 14th July 2010, 3:58 pm

A little bit more about the brooding about halfway down this post:

http://www.broadstoneuk.co.uk/blog/?p=89
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Post by Nick B on 22nd July 2010, 3:45 pm

We alway get some fertilised eggs and let the broody hen get on with it.
1 which went broody this time has hatched a lovely little thing which we should have had 5 but our older son let all the chickens out and sowe only had 1 out of the 6 we started with.

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Post by Nick B on 15th April 2011, 10:39 am

We to have 2 broody little gits that so my dw tells me goes after her when she gets the eggs at night. Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

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Post by Compostwoman on 15th April 2011, 11:22 am

My Blue Orpington looks like she has gone broody....so off to find some hatching eggs!

Silver Dorkings are lovely, Nick..they go broody at the drop of an egg, though!

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