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.

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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).

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