It is perfectly natural for heritage hens to go broody. It is in their genes! The heavy breeds are more inclined to do so than the light breeds. Pekin bantams and silkies are renowned for making great sitters and excellent mothers. If you have discovered a broody in your nest box there are two options available to you.
Use Her Broodiness to Raise The Next Generation
Make use of her broodiness and use her an incubator. This is done by placing a setting of hatching eggs (fertile) under her so she can incubate them for 21 days. Broody hens on most occasions make excellent mothers and are nature's way of producing the next generation (well that is what they are here for!) and don't forget hens do not lay forever so refeshing your flock every 2 to 3 years is a good idea.
Stop Her Broodiness and Get Her Back Into (Egg!) Production
Snap her out of her broody state by removing her from her current comfortable environment. Take her away from the nest box to a separate wire/netting cage with fresh water and feed. Wire netting on all 4 sides is best. The Eglu Go Hutch with 1m Run works a treat as a holding pen if the hen is shut out of the house and kept in the wire run. Do not offer her any ‘creature comforts’ other than some protection from wind and wet weather would be kind. Leave her in the wire cage untill she has got over her broodiness then place her back in the laying pen. This can take as long as a week or two.
Here at Appletons we keep many different breeds so as the hens go broody we remove them and place them in a communal pen with no creature comforts. Having new house mates upsets the pecking order and so their minds are taken off being broody and focused more on sorting out who is who in the sin bin! For the best results act quickly within 24 to 48 hours of her going broody to snap her out fast so you can get her back into production quickly. Broody hens are unproductive hens especially if left flitting away endless hours and days sometimes even weeks sitting on no eggs or your fresh eating eggs!
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My hens seem to thrive on it. Noticed a difference in them after only using it for a week. Had to buy two more containers.
18/01/2019 by Guest
Purchased this for my new little chickens! Was a little bit hard to follow the instructions but with a little common sense we sussed it out in the end. It's kept our girls contained nicely, and it's easy to move to different sections of your garden. I would definitely recommend, it so far seems like a really good quality product.
15/01/2019 by Guest
Have purchased the walk in 2m wide and 4m long enclosure for my cats. A bit of modifying with two doors and sidled it up to the house so the cats can run out from the living room.They are loving it and I notice a sense of calm about them. It is impressive and visitors are amazed. Easy to assemble and I like that I can move, change, shift easily with this product.I also purchased the 3m covers and we have shade and rain protection.
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14/01/2019 by Guest
Absolutely excellent service. Very quick delivery and clear communication throughout. I love my new Eglu coop. Thanks so much.
14/01/2019 by Guest
Hi Fiona and Gordon, I have used your product last Summer and it was totally awesome. Unfortunately, because my chickens are totally free range and we get sooooooo many wild birds come to feed. I also have to spray my trees and everywhere they get into around the chickens, as I get covered in mites just walking under them. So this has been brilliant. Kind regards Elke
09/01/2019 by Guest
Hi Appletons team. Just wanted to say thanks for the speedy and efficient delivery of the chicken coop, especially given the time of year. We have very happy chickens now! Can you also pass on our thanks to Mainfreight who were fantastic and have a great user friendly tracking system. Have a great 2019. Regards Craig
09/01/2019 by Guest
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30/12/2018 by Liz
very easy company and website to work with, lovely staff response and speedy delivery of good quality hay.
thanks from my hungry 3 guinea pigs!
19/12/2018 by Jess
I ordered six fertile eggs three weeks ago, and they arrived quickly, and were superbly packaged. I popped them under my broody hens the next day.They were due to hatch today (19.12.2018) but three of them hatched yesterday, much to my delight. I hope to find three more hatched when I get home today. Very exciting, as this is the first time I'd ever done it. Great service, great help, and great advise. I will do it again next spring. Kathy
19/12/2018 by Kathy
The New Eglu Cube is the best quality chicken house I've ever bought....it is certainly worth the investment. No way would I go back to a wooden one and all its associated problems. It is so easy to clean that it is no longer a chore. Literally takes 5 mins. The girls love going up and down their ladder and feel safe and warm in the coop. Its so easy to move around the garden and everyone comments on how nice it looks. Very happy customer and chickens. 😀
18/12/2018 by Sarah
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