Bea is Broody

Mary Dougherty

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The other day I put a crazy photo on instagram. It was a picture of my husband throwing a chicken in the air after soaking her in a cold tub. (If you’re on instagram find me @ marydaph). The chicken was Beatrice, pictures above, and it was because she was broody.

How do you tell a chicken she’s not going to hatch any eggs? Its not easy. Bea is determined to sit on eggs and keep them toasty warm, and plucked out some of the feathers in her belly to do so. She stopped laying eggs and won’t leave the nesting box, which means all the other girls have to resort to laying in the coop or the yard. It’s problematic and as many times I stand there and tell her the sad news that she’ll never be a mom, she refuses to listen.

So the way you break the news so that they understand is by locking them out of the nesting box, making them spend the night in a different place, and giving them repeated cold water baths. It may sound primitive, but human to chicken communication is difficult. Sorry, Bea.

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