Sunday, November 14, 2010

Broody hen break confirmed

One of my hens went broody on October 28th. I tried a variety of solutions. Here are the results:
  • Kick hen off nest -- extremely ineffective
  • Put hen in tractor with alternate nest -- hen ignored new nest and went straight back to main nest as soon as possible
  • Confine hen with rooster -- she rebuffed the rooster's advances
  • Confine hen in elevated cage for a week -- eventually worked!
The formerly broody hen is now sleeping on the roost, hanging with the hens, and dining with the flock. She is still ignoring the rooster though.

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