- When we got home from vacation, we noticed Kung Pao was spending a lot of her time in the nest box. Eventually, we realized she was spending ALL of her time in the nest box. She got all puffy when you got near (good thing she wasn't a RIR, or we'd never have been able to get to the eggs!), she had plucked all of her tummy feathers and was VERY warm. From what I've read, the 2 best ways to discourage broodiness are to lower their body temperature and to make them as uncomfortable as possible on the nest. First, I hoped stealing her eggs would work, then I moved her off her nest several times a day, then I put an ice pack in the nest box, then we started dumping her in buckets of cool hose-water. Nothing. She is now quarantined in an elevated dog crate in the yard. It's drafty, uncomfy and at the very least will hopefully keep the broodiness from spreading. Although, nick said he spotted another of the girls without tummy feathers. ugh. This is definitely affecting egg production.
|Get away from my nest!|
|Do I look comfortable to you?!?|