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Day 26 and still broody!

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I have a Cream Legbar/Leghorn cross who has now been very broody for 26 days and is showing no signs of coming off the nest herself. She's not sitting on any eggs. Rather weirdly, she's also laying... Since the 21 days have been and gone I've taken her off the nest several times a day and also locked her out of the nest in the mid afternoon once the others have laid. I've not let her sleep in the nest either, but all to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas? She was 'normally' broody last year and stopped after 21 days. Thanks!!

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Broodies will often sit for weeks, losing condition and won't snap out of it.

I'd recommend setting up a broody crate with a wire base, put food and water in there and keep her in it for three days and nights.

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It's fine, they squark for a couple of minutes, then realise that they have all that food to themselves 9_9

If they are left to brood, then they won't eat and will be a hot lice magnet, so it's best to pop them in there as soon as they start to brood. 3 days 24/7 works wonders.

 

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They poop through the bars :grin:

I have had 3 new broodies this year and each one has gone into the cage - sometimes they need an extra day and night just to make sure.

It is hard to watch them in there but as long as they are safe and have food and water, they soon get used to it. Lets face it , they have to.

The time soon passes to when you can let them out again :grin: 

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I found the photo on google ;) but we have the same crate too - an eBay bargain!

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They poo through the bars - raise it up on bricks to encourage airflow to cool them down and pop a thin layer of Aubiose underneath the crate. I put the plastic tray from the crate on top and secure it with a brick so that the others don't poo on them. I can't link here to the video I did on YouTube, but if you search it will come up.

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I've never raised mine off the ground although I suppose it makes sense.

I was more worried about the Pekins's feet being on the wire and that it could contribute to Bumblefoot - mine haven't had this for ages now thankfully - so my crates are just on the woodchip.

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My pekins have always been fine in the crate, so I wouldn't worry. it's best to raise it up to give some air clearance. My grandad used to hang them from a low branch, in the shade.

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So hubby let the latest broody out today while I was at work, only for me to get home and find her back in the nest box :shameonu:

I did turf her out and she did stay in the run for the rest of the day.

Need to keep a really close eye on all of them tomorrow :roll:

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My husband built a broody cage for her and she was very unhappy, battling to get out. I steeled myself and left her in there, but later had to let her out as she’d managed to knock over her food and make a huge mess. She then behaved quite normally for the rest of the afternoon with the rest of the flock... We’ve put her back in the broody cage overnight, though, as I’m not convinced we’ve cracked it yet. Here she is, having overturned her food. A few seconds before she’d been perched on the water container, looking most inelegant!

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Don't worry about the mess, just clean it up and put her  back in. I'm afraid that unless she is in there for 3 days, 24/7, you stand little chance of snapping her out of it. Especially if we get another hot spell.

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Luvachicken I was worried about my bantams falling through the mesh and hurting their feet / legs too, so i use a couple of cake cooling racks in the bottom. They don’t go back to the kitchen afterwards in case you were wondering.

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