How To Trick A Broody Hen

| 4/10/2015 12:08:00 PM

Christine NelsonWe’ve all had one. That hen that keeps trying to get broody all of the time and just won’t take no for an answer.

Our little black hen always tended to be that way. She was some sort of mixed breed, and I’m not sure if that had something to do with it, but she sure would go broody. And often!

Last spring she tried to take over our Muscovy hen’s nest. Those gals would go at it on a daily basis. The duck would sneak off to take a quick bathroom break or trip to the pond and in the chicken would go.

Sometimes they would squabble horribly, throwing nest eggs all over the coop and ripping out each others' feathers. It was annoying to say the least. Other times I’d go into the coop to find the duck basically sitting on top of the chicken or vice versa.

We really wanted the Muscovy to be able to hatch a clutch so I knew something needed to be done with that hen. Putting her on a different nest was not working at all and for some reason she only wanted to sit on the duck eggs.

My husband, Jacob, suggested we go to the local farm store and pick up some chicks and place them under the broody chicken overnight. Hopefully in the morning she would think her eggs hatched and all would be good in the world.

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