Battling a Broody Chicken

| 9/17/2015 10:42:00 AM

Faithful HomesteaderI was so excited when my pullet started laying eggs. She was such a productive girl, but then she went broody. I read about breaking a broody chicken so I was all set to do it, but I soon found out that she would not be an easy one to break.

We don’t have roosters so we don’t have any fertilized eggs. We also only have two chickens so when one is out of commission it takes its toll on the other one. My goal has been to make our pullet Keypone as uncomfortable as possible so that she would give up wanting to nest and get back to normal.

a broody Keypone

She is a bit puffed up.

However she is such a determined girl that she is willing to put up with some discomfort. I initially put her in a pet carrier with a wire bottom and she fought it at first, but then she decided she wanted to stay there. I blocked off the nesting box by putting jars in there and she decided to lay on top of the jars.

Even the bottles didn't deter a broody Keypone.