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Comment by Hanna on September 25, 2012 at 8:43am

I'm the same as Kate, I'd love to have one of my chickens go broody. They've got a lovely warm, dark nest with some dummy eggs in it, but I've got no takers. Anything else I could try?

Comment by Kathrina Muller on September 25, 2012 at 5:02am

i have a wire cage the type that I put a hen in if I want to stop her being broody.  It is best to use it as soon as you see hints of wanting to go broody.  The important thing is that air moves under her and it is not dark and sheltered. 

However I cured the neighbours broody in just over 24 hours this weekend.  I put her in with my hens She got a hard time when the others were out but  a lot of the time she just concentrated in keeping out of her way.   You do want to be careful about putting strange hens in with your flock though because of disease. 

Some hens are persistantly broody. Like try to go broody every couple of weeks.   Good if you do want to raise some chicks naturally but if not.

Comment by Kate on September 24, 2012 at 11:32pm

I would love one of my chickens to go clucky so we can get some babies. I got some bantams and they just keep on laying eggs with no sign of getting clucky.... is there a way to help them get CLUCKY!

Comment by Rudi Brown on September 24, 2012 at 12:13pm

Awesome, great suggestions thanks. I built an extension to our coup which acts well as an isolation chamber also, :-) so it will work well for her to sleep in there tonight. Hannah I would so love to hatch more baby hens, but we probably sadly all ready have enough  :-)

Comment by Emma Reynolds on September 24, 2012 at 12:08pm

We are dealing with a broody Orpington at the moment. We are using a method which has been recommended to us by several people- you pop them into a wire bottomed cage in a well lit area as broody hens love warm dark places. The wire base allows the air to circulate and while they dont like it, it works. 

As Hannah said, you need to lower the temperature of the chook- some people dunk them into cold water. 

Our girl is still in her cage as we left it a bit long- long enough that one of the others started laying under a bush- so you do need to be careful that yours dont do this! 

Comment by Hannah Sperber on September 24, 2012 at 12:00pm

Have you considered putting some fertile eggs under her and letting her raise a couple of chicks? So much fun! If not, you need to take her temperature down a couple of degrees so she stops being clucky. My trick is to take the silkie out of the coop when it's dark, and place her on something she can roost on safely out in the open -- a tree-branch that's roost-thickness or the back of an outdoor chair work well. The cooler night breeze should bring her temp down nicely. Took two nights for us last week and ours was no longer clucky. Good luck! 

Comment by Rudi Brown on September 24, 2012 at 11:15am

My silki has gone clucky! Its been more than a couple of days now. The good news is she's now a lot tamer. But any suggestions? I've been lifting her out to eat. Have tried shutting the door to the coup a little, (which worked for last clucky hen) but I'm worried this might make the other hens go lay their eggs in hidden places :)

Comment by Pamela Bramley-Cordes on September 10, 2012 at 1:20pm

A homemade feeder our neighbor uses.  Cut a hole in a 2 ltr plastic milk bottle just above the label and big enough to fit the chooks head.  Fill up nearly to the hole with feed and 2nd one with water.  This seems to cut down on the number of birds feeding and would certainly not be suitable for ducks.

We let our chooks graze during the day afternoons or when we are home but always shut them up in the coup at night.  We let the dog run loose when chooks are shut up which seems to ward off predators hopefully??

Comment by Kate on September 10, 2012 at 11:34am

Would it be inhumane to lock the chooks away for a few days and mix chilli peppers into the food in the feeder!! In the kids book 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch' they made mustard sandwiches to stop the seagulls eating his lunch! Perhaps a huge stretch between fact and fiction here:) Haha.

I am still too scared to let my chooks out of the pen as I dont if Mr Stoat is still lerking...

Comment by fiona watt on September 10, 2012 at 10:22am

Thank god the ducks haven't found us.  At present I am feeding all the birds in the neighbourhood, as well as my chickens.  At any one time there can be about 20 fat grey/brown doves which wake me up every moring to be fed, earlier on Sundays.  The chooks spend most of their time chasing them away while the 40 or so sparrows sneak in behind them!


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