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post #21 of 26
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No rooster
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No rooster

Just making sure. You'll need to break her of being broody then. Good luck and keep us posted!

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No rooster

Google broody hen videos and see if she acts like any of them.

 

-Kathy

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I googled broody and I think she is. I found a picture of a broody hens poop vs one who isn't and it was a definite match (stinky and BIG!).

Here is what I set up, what do you think?

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Good broody set up :-D I always separate my broodies, and they love hatching chicks! Any chance you could get her some fertilized eggs? Watching mamas raise chicks is an amazing experience!

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I googled broody and I think she is. I found a picture of a broody hens poop vs one who isn't and it was a definite match (stinky and BIG!).

Here is what I set up, what do you think?

Well, it would be better to put some smaller wire(1x2) on the bottom of the crate and take the rubber mat and the towel away.

You want air flow under the crate to cool her belly when she hunkers down.

I hope she's safe out there at night.

 

 

 

My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day. 

 

I let her out a couple times a day and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.

Water bottle added after pic was taken.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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