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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Freezing Phoebe


O.k. I just can't take it anymore.  
Little Phoebe is wasting her entire summer hiding in the nest box all puffed up and insanely broody. She has barely seen the light of day since late May. Her beady eyes are getting beadier, and every day she looks less like a respectable Speckled Sussex and more like a cupcake. 
It's time for an intervention. 

So last night I froze several gallon-zipper-bags full of water, and right now I'm heading to the coop to implement this diabolical plan.

Come out and seize the day, my little lunatic chicken! 

13 comments:

  1. I'll have to remember this idea when I get a broody that won't stop. Good luck and I hope Phoebe comes to her senses?

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  2. Gads!!!!! It has come to this. My Louise has gone broody for a second time this summer. I will haul out the big guns now too. Tell us how it all turns out!

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  3. One good thing about keeping roosters around...a week in the Bachelor Pad and the girls are cured of their motherly delusions. Good luck, Lauren and Phoebe!

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  4. I once tried bagged frozen peas. Didn't do a thing. The girls, though, loved eating the warmed over peas.

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  5. Interesting, I never heard of that idea. I take them out and keep them in a separate area in a separate small pen. Feed and water but away from her comfort zone of her broodie spot. That usually cured her after a few days. Good luck! Paula-Windmill Farm

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    1. Windmill Farm, that might be the next step for me!

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  6. Ugh Speckled Sussex! I will never get that breed again. I had two of them and they would go broody over and over. My plan, that worked, was to snatch her out (Thelma and Louise were there names) and put her in a large cat carrier and keep them in the basement where its cold until the broody stopped. One key though is to first move her into a separate area so she can release the 'broody poo'. OMG that is the most awful smelling thing ever. You don't want that in your house!

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  7. I'd try that with my white Rock who is broody, but with the heat we've been having, she'd probably just sigh in bliss!

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  8. Ahhh yes. The incessantly broody hen... One of my cochins and one of my Marans are broody ladies. I usually put them in a, smaller shady pen with no nesting space for a couple days and that does the trick. On a side note, I gave my broody coaching some eggs to hatch and she was an EXCELLENT mother.

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    1. Oh autocorrect , how you vex me! I typed "cochin" not "coaching!"

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    2. Morgan, that's going to be my "Plan B!"

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  9. This happened to my Buff Orpington in May--I noticed after a week I hadn't seen her out with the other girls. And with no rooster in my yard, I knew she was sitting in vain! I thought she would "snap out of it" but after two more weeks, I knew I'd have to do something. I moved her (at night, and very carefully!) into a brooder, and the next day brought her four day-olds from the feed store. About 11pm, I slipped each chick under her and the next day she was convinced she'd actually done it! She was a fantastic mother, and she's FINALLY back to normal!
    Of course, I'm hoping she doesn't do this more than once a year, I don't really need THAT many chooks!

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  10. Poor dear. We send our love and sympathy.

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