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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19/03/2019 by Guest
I am so pleased with this drinker, it stays clean and fresh, so easy to manage, I have spent so much money on other drinkers that only last 12 months or so, and with this long hot summer having to change and refressh containers once or twice a day, I can be out and trust my girls have cool fresh water without the worry of containers being contaminated/knocked over/filling with debris or warming in the afternoon sun. Thanks Appletons! you guys rock!! My girls say thank you too! :) Cheers Kerry
17/03/2019 by Fionna
Thank you for the fast delivery of the mite spray killer. I spent a half a day cleaning and spraying out my three coops. One in particular had quite bad mites. I will do it again this weekend, and hopefully that will be the end of them. The spray was easier to use than having to scrub the walls. I also loved the bottle with the measure part attached. It took a bit to realise that you just have to squeeze the bottle to fill the measure part, but what a great idea.
13/03/2019 by Kathy
Hi, I purchased 7 shaver pullets and a omlet chook fence.
After 6 months of having them I would like to say thank you. The chooks are amazing. So healthy and free of any problems. The fencing works great and we are so pleased.. The advice given was excellent. Definitely recommend appletons to anyone wanting success with their animals and lifestyle blocks.
13/03/2019 by Guest
Great service & quick delivery. Thanks
05/03/2019 by Guest
Quick delivery and very happy hens enjoying their peck toy.
05/03/2019 by Guest
I was a little sceptical regards to some reviewers claiming they erected the Deluxe Hen House in 3 quarters of an hour. Putting it together took a little more time than that, but not that long. The screw together system was fast and efficient and I only needed help with one section of it. I have to say I am very impressed. The interior has got a warm sunny feel to it and my hens have no problem laying in the generous sized laying boxes. They also enjoy getting out of the odd rainy day beneath the house itself. In short, a very good buy for the asking price, and I'd recommend this to all prospective buyers. Also good communication from Appletons during the purchase. Thanks for the excellent product.
02/03/2019 by Guest
Our girls LOVE their new coop and run. Hilarious watching them try to work out how to sleep on the roosting bars! They spent the last couple of rainy days lurking in the doorway and under the Omlet shelter and have loved it. Miles better than our old wooden coop. Thank you so much!
25/02/2019 by emma
Thank you for a wonderful product - we love the coop - easy to assemble and easy to shift!!!! Our chooks are very happy and look forward to their shifts! Another successful buy from Appletons! Mary and Jim
10/02/2019 by Guest
Oh finally I have found an amazing Drinker for my chooks. Thank you Appletons it is great and saves me taking water up every night! Great service and great delivery as usual everything that was promised was delivered!
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