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 husband and I received and started to put our Go Up coop together today. We are very pleased with it as it is mostly together and will be a great improvement on the draughty, wooden coop our three hens are in at the moment. and so much easier to keep clean. I hope the hens will be as excited as me with their new home.
Thank you for the prompt delivery and a great product.
24/05/2019 by Adair
Great selection of products, great service and fast delivery. Thank you, will be a happy returning customer.
21/05/2019 by Guest
Fantastic product.... a few more pieces and a little more time consuming to put together than I anticipated but were absolutely delighted with the end product.
We are already looking at other Omlet items to add to / accessorise our enclosure.
Would highly reccomend
16/05/2019 by Adam
Our cat carry cages arrived very quickly and were easy to assemble. thanks
11/05/2019 by Guest
As usual the service was excellent and the delivery was so quick. Thank you very much and I highly recommend dealing with Appletons for all poultry needs. Heather-Ann Smith Kaikoura
09/05/2019 by Guest
We recently bought the Eglu Cube chicken coup and assembled it on Saturday. Great instructions and impressed with the quality. It looks fab and Nigella, Chelsea and Nadia love their new home. Thank you Wendy
05/05/2019 by Guest
We recently ordered online the Eglu Cube (Green) and a few accessories. Found your website really helpful and easy to use. Almost immediately we were contacted to confirm our address as we are semi rural. This ensured delivery was smooth and timely. It did take a while to set up but instructions online were great. Our 5 feathered friends have settled in well and they are laying well. Often find them at the coop during the day or waiting there for us to close the door in the evening. Very easy to clean, which was our main issue with the old wooden one. Thank you.
05/05/2019 by Elizabeth
Good communication, very prompt service and rural delivery. Easy assembly and our guinea pigs are adjusting well to their new house.
Thanks so much.
01/05/2019 by Guest
Recently we purchased chooks and several other items from Appletons .The owners were very informative and helpful with many suggestions and answers to our endless questions.Very happy with our purchases and certainly made the right choice shopping at Appletons.even had some double yolkers this week ,thankyou
30/04/2019 by Guest
The henhouse arrived promptly,went together easily, and the hens worked out how to scale the ramp and explore the house very quickly. Thank you for a quality product. Jane Woodhall
22/04/2019 by Guest
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