If you put fertilized eggs in with the broody hen when they hatch. https://www.thehappychickencoop.com/how-to-introduce-new-chickens-to-your-existing-flock/ You will need a large space for breeding quail. but now my other chicken Stitch has become broody she just started laying eggs a few months ago. I know it’s hard to believe. We have a hen around here we call ‘Broody Betty’. Thank you for getting in touch and sharing your experiences. Is this normal? Can I buy day old chicks and coax her to take care of them? Thanks? We have no rooster but does this mean she is broody? Later in the day though, we found her with two chicks she had hatched. we have about 10 hens that are producing eggs. Then later ducks and then said enough.Sold the Muscovie ducks at 11 months all 8 of them mucky squirty ducks made hell of my hen palace and yards. I am just a bit perplexed on how to take care of her in the dog kennel and to protect her and to not stress her out. I have a hen that hatched her chicks yesterday! Broodiness is the action or behavioral tendency to sit on a clutch of eggs to incubate them, often requiring the non-expression of many other behaviors including feeding and drinking. Hi Micah, I suppose maybe best thing to do is put Buff into cage and open up boxes for the polish and the bantam. The optimum temperature for keeping a breeding pen is around 21 °C. Try isolating just the nesting box instead. How did you stop their broodiness? Never keep the lights on for all day and night. I decided to let her and gave her 2 extra eggs. I would focus on getting her out ASAP- and then shut the access so she can’t get underneath again. Although the hen will keep her chicks warm naturally. She had a little the first time but not interested after that. In general, the first time you can let them return to the coop, but if they run for the egg box, cage them again I’ve been lifting Bellatrix out, messing up the nest box and flooding the coop with it only being opened for aurora to lay but she seems to run back in as soon as it’s open! Let’s look at some of the easier options which should work in most cases. Sometimes when there are broody hens in the nesting box, the other hens will lay eggs elsewhere in ‘secret nests’. we’ve removed her and put her in a create where its warm. I dont know when my hen will start to sit on her eggs. Stephanie, Hi Stephanie, I normally get 3 to 4 eggs a day from the 5 hens. Thank you Claire! The pre-laying behavior of domestic chickens is similar for most hens. Have you tried the advice mentioned in the article? Yes, this is why I said ‘almost certainly’; becuase sometimes it does happen Another hen started to pick on her, and I watched my husband berate and talk to her clearly in unapproving tone. With that being said, the name “Jumbo” is simply a term for a large Coturnix quail. All industrial agriculturalists cull broody birds because the behavior inhibits production. Feed the chicks with starter feed. She fluffed up her tail feathers and clucked loudly at me when I went to collect eggs as she refused to leave nest. let CurrentYear = new Date().getFullYear() food and water also. Claire. I have occasionally seen her take a drink but not enough. It will be good if you can keep each male and his females separate from others. 3 of them were very late layers- like a few months after the time I was told they should lay. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you I’ve got my fingers crossed for you Fran Try to place the cage or house for your birds in a calm environment. Every day after they had laid all their eggs, I removed the nest box lids and replaced with the grills. I have a hen who is broodie she sat on approx. She is now looking after them. Our chickens are a little over 9 months old, and believe we have a broody Buff Orpington hen. Let's stay updated! Once inside they went to a screened in window to watch siblings getting chased around, and cheer them on. By morning she was sitting next to the 4 nesting boxes again, so I gave up on the eggs she was sitting on. We had one go broody and no rooster, so we bought 2 chicks and placed under her at night. The best way to stop a broody hen is for it to have never happened in the first place and there are several things you can do to reduce the chances of your hens turning broody. Hi, We have 4 light sussex hens. You can do this the same time as you’re feeding them for maximum effect. I do not have a rooster and am not allowed any more chickens due to city ordinance. I lock them out 4 days out of 7 (due to being at work on the other days and not wanting the 1 layer to get destressed about not being able to lay) My question….do you leave them in the cage over night too or allow them into the coup which will result in them heading straight for the egg box?!? Your email address will not be published. Now, how long before we can take her away from them. Clearly, if there is no rooster involved then the eggs won’t be fertile and she can sit on top of the eggs for the rest of her life but they still won’t hatch! We got DOZEN eggs today from our friend. I don’t feel so alone! I am going to incubate some eggs but also thought of putting some more under her. Please help! It’s hard to say. If you were dipped UPSIDE DOWN in water it would flood your nose choking you. Can that happen? There were 19 under her from three chickens. I have a broody buff orpington. Creating a Separate Brooding Area Hi Janet, Claire. Hi Sherrie, I thought she and a fox met up but instead she has 10 eggs under her..and they say animals are dumb haha, They certainly aren’t Julie! This is my first experience with a broody hen and I’m excited with the possibility of having chicks! Does she spend her daytime inside the nesting box as well or just in the evening? I have a mature Hen that does not lay eggs anymore. I’ve looked for hidden nests and haven’t found any. Can I leave her in the unprotected doghouse at night? Research has shown that pen-raised quail are often reluctant to fly when approached (Roseberry et al. Quails actually need to build nests before they lay eggs or hatch out chicks. I have a Buff that I think is “broody” based on everything I have read here. So im worried she isn’t eating or drinking. Today, I got 3. As you can imagine, hens which don’t often go broody can change their mind halfway through and will leave the nest- clearly if you want chicks this isn’t ideal so bear this in mind when selecting the breed of chicken you’d like. Mine went broody after her first week of laying as well!!!! If I let her keep some eggs, will she still hatch them for 21 days or is it too late now? This sounds like a great idea- thank you Chrissie! Quail eggs are difficult to candle due to the mottled shells. Claire. You seem to be the only site that is active that may know how to handle this puzzle. Have gone out after dark to place them up on the roost. But I didn’t know what else to do. I have done this several times a day and also I keep taking all the eggs away from her as soon as possible. She’s still eyeing the eggs the others are laying so I have to get them out fast or she’ll camp out! Claire, So glad I found you all , we are trying an ice pack in the laying ben , just kicked her out with the other chickens and gave them some fun goodies to eat , I feel bad for her ,but want the best for all our girls , I have a feeling we will be doing the wire cage , shes pretty grumpy right now , thank you all for the help. Here we are describing more about the essentials for breeding quail. She will stay in her nest all day- and we mean all day, she won’t even go back to roost with the rest of the chickens at night. 262 REFERENCES RESEARCH NOTES Japanese quail under germ free and conventional conditions and their use in cancer research. I have some old hybrid layers(16 months) and a Rhode Island red. Since I have a small pond, I’ve tried this with mixed success. Is this normal? Generally no...quail do not go broody. At first she would eat from a small pot whilst on top of the coop. document.write(CurrentYear) Keep an eye on the hen because she might go straight back to the nest box. I have 2 eight month old hens who started brooding a couple days ago. They also developed artistic skills and I swear to you, one block they carved into something resembling an antique sewing machine - complete with the empty space through the middle (through which they liked to jump). Annette from Germany, Hi Annette, We are finishing our 3rd day. Over time, they can weaken. A bit much to negotiate for young chicks. :/. Although some quail breed can breed year round. If she is broody, she wouldn’t have laid an egg would she? Claire. Hens can be stubborn things and can go like this for weeks! As soon as I open the coop door in the evening, the brooding hens go in. Don’t worry its less dramatic than it sounds… Will it continue like forever? So how do you break a hen out of her broodiness? Remove her from the nesting box, like you’ve already been doing, except once she’s out block the specific nesting box she’s staying in- just nail a piece of wood to the entrance. My little Lizzie May is a brooder. If you’ve tried all the suggestions in the article except the broody coop I can’t think of anymore suggestions sorry. I had a broody hen who hatched several eggs along with a few that started hatching in incubator and I just put those in when they started to pip, then I took the chicks and put them all into a brooding box we made just for them. Luckily she is a very docile broody, and has never minded being picked up and moved etc. Now I have a broody hen for about two months. Claire. I’ll try the frozen veg. new to the whole chicken thing…..we have a hen that is doing this …. Even ducks can be put under your hen. After reading this, i determened she is broody. She is at least 30 feet from the one entrance. Yes she can still be broody even with no eggs there. If you put the fertilized eggs in with the broody hen and she hatches them- then yes she will protect them. Hope this helps. She can’t hold her nose or beak as it were. Thanks She is imprisoned (by mind control) and now she is staying in nesting box with buffys wing over her. It will be good if the nesting box is a bit bigger than the quail, and the quail should be able to fit through the entrance/hole. I put them wet, on the roost for overnight. Claire. Good luck and get in touch if you need anything! Claire. She will normally pull her own feathers out so she can be closer to the eggs when she is broody! Any tips? I tried many suggestions & no luck. I am going to incubate some eggs but also thought of putting some more under her. I have an Easter Egger who is broody & another hen seems to have followed her broodiness. Treated her accordingly. If you want to break broodiness I wrote about some ways here What should I do? I wouldn’t recommend leaving it under her for any longer. They go broodie as soon as hot days come in Spring off they go about 6 at a time. She moved her eggs at one point, maybe that’s a factor. She is eating very little and not now even very interested in treats. Broody hens leave their nests at least once a day to relieve themselves and eat. If shes eating etc whats the harm? I have 2 blue and black cochins. Does anyone else have the problem as we do with the “attacking”? The other problem we have now is when she does come out, the other 2 chickens attack at her. Please let me know if anything is still not clear after reading it! How effective was it- I haven’t heard of this before And when i try to move her out, she goes right back. We have to resort to the broody buster every time. Proud to report, I put Miss Betty back in the pen with the other girls & she hasn’t been back in the nesting box yet!!? However if the broody hen turns on the chicks and starts to attack them you need to be prepared to raise the chicks yourself until they reach around 18-20 weeks old before you reintroduce them to your flock, If she wont eat you will need to remove her from the nest and then get her to eat something. Try putting eggs in the other nests it usually encourages mine to start laying in other boxes. Then when she goes broody again give her some fertile eggs to sit on. Once she goes in on her own, the rest follow after some discussions. I get one up and while I’m trying to grab the next one , the first one hops down! I am just finding this website and will be trying the frozen veggies this weekend. Once we got the “entering sleeping in coop” part, I worked on getting up! Adoption works! I have tiny bugs on my coop, I have diatomaceous earth under straw in coop and put some on the outside but little buggers still there. I’ve seen this successfully done in the past. Supermarket yesterday!! Good luck with your chicks Sally Yay! Then I thought some more. I’ve never tried to cure a hen of broodiness as I’ve always allowed my hens total free range and let nature take it’s course. Thank you so much for the site it is superb. Thanks! They will eat properly, drink water occasionally and peck at bits of food or any nearby bugs. Because our nest boxes are close to the roost, the darkness isn’t really an issue for her. Good luck to you and your little girl. Then one evening I moved her before it was as entirely dark, and she showed me where she was slipping out a loose spot in the chicken wire! Hope mama and the chicks are doing well . This can happen sometimes and she will be treated like a new member of the flock. If your curious, the other chickens are: 2 Gold Laced Wyondettes, a Rhode Island Red, a Light Brahma, and an Americuana. If you notice that your birds are laying eggs separately, then leave them. Which tip did you use because my little chicken vanilla has been brooding for a while I have no idea which way would be more effective. We’ll have to close her up at night for her safety, just like the other coop (all the hens are in a separate pen in an electrified fenced in pasture. The other chickens have moved to an alternate nesting box. She, and another hen are now getting the cage method as they other methods have not worked. You can separate male and females by using vent system, looking at the feathers, observing their behavior and also by listening to their voice. Broody quail behavior? This has been going on for a month. She isn’t even 12 months old and she goes broody about every month. I am now turfing her out of the nest every time she tries to go in, mealworms are a good bribe! They are big, healthy looking hens, with bright combs and wattles. Claire. I thought our Rhode Island Red, “Strawberry Blond,” had egg impaction, and I was just about too bring her inside to give her a warm molasses sitz bath! After closing up that spot and some potential others, forcing her to roost in the coop broke her after just a couple days. We’re about a month away from our 1st egg. Hi Sophie, Ensure calm and undisturbed environment for your birds. BUT...there are folks on these forums that have had … Chances are she won’t be brave enough to risk moving in the dark back to the nesting box. Good mama, but at 4 weeks old she let them go and became broody again. By James Kash Issue #139 • January/February, 2013 Broodiness is an avian behavior that is frowned upon in the world of agriculture. raising quail? Claire. They are making a clutch before they sit on them. Hi Lucy, Claire, I have read everything you have on what to do about my girls when they stop laying. Your email address will not be published. Claire, My hen jusy decided that if I blocked her from the nesting box she would hide in a dark corner on the back porch. It’s a combination of their hormones, instinct and maturity. Provide chick starter and water. Claire. Breeding quail can be hard sometimes, because you will have to have a lot of space to house the birds and you also have to spend a lot of time and money on feed, water and housing. Lays every day! Our chickens have been broody for 1 day now, and I’m worried because she has not eaten or drunk any water today, and it was very hot. You can use herb sin the nest box to help alleviate this, but if you have a hen that doesn’t … Great to hear! Hi Estella, I have a Jersey Giant hen who keeps going broody. I tried covering the nesting boxes with mesh with no effect. She does get off the nest and seems to stay off for some time but still will not eat. Depending on the breed it will take between 16 and 23 days for the eggs to hatch once the hen has started sitting on them. Not only do I not want her to die, I don’t want a carcass under there I can’t access!! If your hen has been sat on them for 10 days then they will not need incubating for a further 21 days. I liked your idea of taking them out of the nest boxes( there are 4 boxes), but with them locked out, what about the other 10 chickens that lay their eggs in the boxes? Please help! What Exactly Is a Broody Hen and How to Stop It? Thanks. Today I found two dead chicks under one of them, are they killing the chicks? While quail aren’t typically broody, they do occasionally hatch their young when provided with a solid-floored coop or a coop on the ground, since it emulates their wild habitat as ground birds. You can easily hatch quail eggs by using an incubator. That’s cruelty. I would get her out of the nesting box and make sure she gets something to eat and drink. It’s hard to say exactly when a hen will go broody and you certainly can never predict it and you also can’t make a hen go broody. Best idea I’ve used, is put the broody hen in my ‘new chicken introduction enclosure’. Make sure you use same word just like dogs. She found a planter box in the greenhouse and claimed it as her spot to lay eggs, then after a while went broody. I have a buff that has been broody 4 times in the past month And half. My flock only comes inside the coop at night. Healthy quails will be active, lively, play around and they will be quite curious and looking cautious. I took them all out as we do not want anymore chicks. ☹. She’s still broody. Thank you for your blog. …or maybe the shock of nearly being drowned changes their thinking! I think at least a week or so. If you’re breeding chickens, a broody hen is good news. Broody Hens. I finally got a pole way in near there and she moved around, pecked at it etc but didn’t come out. Is she brooding because she instinctively needs someone. Eventually she will get up, pick a few grains and then she “races” through the yard screaming. Posts: 10. posted 4 years ago. Just make sure it isn’t in a place that will attract predators, or you may put your hen at risk once again. Keeping one male for 2-5 female quails will ensure good result. Hi Peta, Claire. The red had gone broody for 3 months now despite all effort to break her. Hence the comment: “you almost certainly won’t see a young hen going broody during their first laying season” does not go with my young and sad looking hen. Any clue so I can be more aware the next time? If she is good?? My mom usually takes care of the eggs and chickens and when she went to shut all of our chickens in the egg was under Fluffy, the silkie, as expected. Whoo boy. Just started 2 days ago. My article on reintroducing chickens will help: Claire. Also as we previously noted, broody hens can bite so make sure to wear gloves when you’re doing this. Now 2 of the newer chickens have pushed her off the nest and have also gone broody – both are sitting on the eggs! I managed to break the first one but, this second one is very stubborn. It probably took a month, and they just instinctively wanted to sleep high up. I gather the eggs often, but I’m guessing some lay at night. The other 3 all sisters have never, ever laid. Hello, I haven’t had chickens before and we would like to get some soon. Claire, i have three hens who havent laid eggs in over a month! I had a Delaware that didn’t start laying after the other two in the flock had started. WIll she go back to being normal and come out on her own once it cools down in the fall (if she lives that long?) If I get fertilized eggs for my brooder, will the chicks be able to stay with the flock once they’re hatched, or will they need separation and all the appropriate chick attention (incubation, etc.)? Good grief! If your hen has nestled down far from the rest of the flock, she still needs to eat. I bought 6 chickens last year. After reading all of this, I have a new mission. In terms of food and water just make sure she has some in the kennel with her… After drinking and maybe a dust bath she will march straight back to the nest until I pick her up again. I would try the frozen vegetables or the broody buster! But, some hens, may not realize where the danger lies and will nest on the ground in plain sight. Hi, I have a buff Peking bantam who sound like she is broody. thnx. I did not think they were fertile but come to find out 7 of them did have babies forming in them. So, they quickly learned the fun part jumping down, so I had to put them up in loft so they could practice jumping. After 17th day of sitting, check on your birds more often. In some ducks this maternal instinct is stronger than others and it can happen at any time. Yes, when they are extremely broody! I put a stuffed chicken into the coop and she sleeps next to it until she becomes broody again. my first time mum of the age of five has sat on eggs for 20 days one egg hatched and she got off and left it and the eggs ,I let it go for about an hour but the chick was very cold ,so I cudle it its eyes opened and it was chirpy,mumwent back to the nest so I popped the chick back under and they were really happy,i have been down this morning and there is no sound but mum is sat tight.the rest of the eggs should be hatching now if they are fertile thanks. It is more difficult to raise chicks from a broody hen. What do you do with one that keeps getting broody? If you want to raise chicks then having a broody hen is perfect- they’re natures best incubator after all. My hens lay at different times of the day up until early evening. They’re calling me names, Claire!! My other coloured hybrid Aurora (Dominant Black D-109 ( Black Rock ) It’s rare but hens can die from turning broody becuase they ‘forget’ to eat and drink… I was wondering why her feathers were missing on her chest and underside. I’ve tried everything posted, except the cage. I've been hatching and raising quail for a few months now and am probably on my 6th hatch. And placing a heat-lamp in the area will be good. I then took her out the coop for a few ours that day till my partner got home, he went straight to nesting box and we decided to borrow a roster from my neighbor. You can choose healthy quails either from your existing flock from purchase from a store. They have a shady coop area, but still HOT, Hi Shauna, The frozen veggies will work on their own- no need to block the nesting area as well! Hi Janette, I agree with you- in my experience chicken jail is the most effective I just squirt them with water when they chase her and it seems to work for a little while . – don’t chickens tend to lay in the Spring for this reason? In case of hatching eggs with an incubator, all species will require a temperature of 37.5 °C at the center of the eggs, decreasing slightly to 37 °C once they start to hatch on the final days. I’ve done this way many times and for mine, it sometimes works. I wonder how much longer she can go on like this. I have her in a large crate with half covered for shade. Now – I see lots of options for breaking her of this broodiness – but I also see talk about letting her have some chicks! If you have no plans to grow your flock of chickens, broody hens mean a reduction of eggs available for you, not to mention an unhappy hen. God forbid we have one normal chicken; she went broody twice in the first laying season, has been broody in summer, spring, AND winter, and won’t break for a month and a half despite our greatest efforts. Just as its going dark and your hens are going back to the coop to roost, take your broody hen from her nest and place her with the other chickens roosting. I was actually thinking about doing this for my hen but i don’t want to take babies away from mom. So, I can’t really block off the nest box. Much harder to train a Roo than a hen, as they are so preoccupied with hens they can’t focus. (Yes, we are happy to have chicks!). 2. It would seem that these animals would lend themselves well to further behavioral investigation. Glad when they went. The coop is secure ie no holes in it all locks work and no borrowed holes from any other animals. Sounds to me like she has a snake. Henry, Hi Henry, If you’ve decided to allow nature to take its course, your hen will happily sit on her eggs until they either hatch, or she realizes they aren’t going to hatch (usually about 21 days later). I have broke her 3 times but she just goes back broody so this time i am just letting her sit. One of my hybrids Bellatrix (Dominant Blue D-107 ( Bluebelle) All the suggestions are great our Broody one is in “jail” again we stopped after 2days she was ok. Then went back laid only 1 egg but stayed for 3 days .. She has food and water and we let her out with the 4 others and when we bring everyone to the coop she goes back to her “cell” and has 2 more days. 2002). Quail lay eggs early and often. The structure should be robust enough to keep out large predators, with no gaps to admit smaller ones. Thank you!! So today were going to remove her from the nest box and remove the eggs. Hi. 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