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Broodie chook cure

Postby AdamH » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:42 am

Hi I have a broodie chook that I would like to cure.
Should I put her in a wire cage (possum trap) ?
Just overnight (with cover )? Or during the day also?
How long should it take.
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Re: Broodie chook cure

Postby nhb » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:04 am

Generally the longer you leave it before you take action the longer the cure will take.
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Re: Broodie chook cure

Postby Scarlet » Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:44 pm

Put her in the cage with food and water, and raise it up off the ground so air can circulate underneath. Make sure the wire won't hurt her feet, and she may need some shelter from the weather.

Leave her there for three days, and if she looks and sounds like she's back to normal (standing, alert, not fluffed up, not growling or screaming at you) let her go back to the flock. If she goes back to the nest box, return her to the broody cage. It can take more than a week, and as nhb said, usually the longer she's broody before she goes in the cage the longer it will take to de-broody her.

In general, the idea is to not give her the conditions she needs to incubate eggs. A broody needs a dim, private, warm place, so if she's in a light, airy, unprivate situation, with a cool belly, sooner or later she'll return to normal.

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Re: Broodie chook cure

Postby AdamH » Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:01 pm

Thanks.The Bantie spent 3days and 2 nights in the possum trap, worked a treat.
I have since made a more comfortable and larger broodie box. It will fit the big chooks should they turn.
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