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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This system is so easy to put up and move around, it isnt "in your face" either as it blends nicely with the garden & surroundings. No nasty critters (except my Houdini cat) have managed to get in there to harass my girls either. Awesome product, with very fast delivery !
19/09/2018 by Tina
We bought the starter pack for housing the chicks we have incubated at school as part of our Primary Industries programme and it is so awesome - the cage is a great size with nice high sides to catch all the 'bits' the chicks flick around. We chose the ceramic lamp instead of the heating pad as it gives greater versatility and our new wee chicks just love it. And it was a GREAT price, very prompt delivery :)
17/09/2018 by Sheryl
Great product. Fast delivery. My hens are loving the extra freedom and I'm loving that they can't come down to the house.
13/09/2018 by Felicity
Have not used product yet. New chickens have just arrived. Have it ready for mite attack
11/09/2018 by Annette
This was the perfect match for our Eco egg incubator as somewhere along the line our power supply went walk about. Really awesome quick service
10/09/2018 by Sheryl
The delivery was prompt and the product is of good quality. Very happy :)
06/09/2018 by Rachel
Awesome pig house. It took us 15 minutes to assemble. The piggies will be very happy in their warm and sturdy enclosure. Great service too.
31/08/2018 by Petra
Delivery of order was very prompt - thanks.
The chickens were a little frightened when the treadle moved but have learned very quickly. After two days, they don't bat an eye.
Their food is now secure from sparrows, etc. feed-o-magic is a good choice.
17/08/2018 by Warren
Great service, prompt delivery, and clear advice to help us ensure that we can give the ladies a safe and secure home. They are quickly turning into a valuable addition to our family. Thanks!
17/08/2018 by Jim
Just wanted you to know that the Hen house is perfect. I knew it would be, but I know how nice it is to get feedback - so thank you for designing and constructing such a cool little home for the girls. Form and function!
It looks great. Thanks for making the purchase hassle free.
12/08/2018 by Eleanor
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