3 tips for stopping the broody
If you don’t want a broody hen, you’ll need to trick her hormones to get her laying again.
To do this, place her in a wire cage (a dog crate with the bottom tray removed is a good option) with food, water and shelter but no nest. Keep it in a place with a bit of a draught like in the coop, or a barn, shed or garage. You want her to be able to see the sun but to be in a slightly cooler spot than normal. Keep the cage up off the ground by sitting it on blocks of wood or bricks so cooler air is circulating all around her body. This helps to lower her body temperature, which will reduce the ‘broody’ hormones in her body.
The longer she has been broody, the longer it will take for the hormones to settle. If you don’t want a broody to incubate eggs, get her straight into the cage as soon as you notice her sitting – she should come right after 1-2 days and resume laying.
Commercial poultry hens will almost never go broody. Bantam breeds tend to go broody at the drop of a hat, and make excellent surrogate mothers for any eggs (whether they laid them or not).