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Advice of moving a broody

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Hello everyone.
I have just started out with chickens, and a friend of mine has got 4 brooding at the moment and can't deal with that many more chicks, so they want to give me a broody. I've read here that moving chooks, especially to a different flock can break broodiness, so my question is, what would be the best way to go about this?
My plan at the moment is to have her sit in a box for a couple of days where she is, on golf balls, and one night while she sleeps close the box and move her to my property, and then leave her for a couple more days to see if she stays broody. I will then place some eggs under her, or chicks after a while longer then, depending on what I can get my hands on.
Is this alright to do it like this? She just went broody this morning, or broody proper.
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Originally Posted by Gwyllm View Post

Hello everyone.
I have just started out with chickens, and a friend of mine has got 4 brooding at the moment and can't deal with that many more chicks, so they want to give me a broody. I've read here that moving chooks, especially to a different flock can break broodiness, so my question is, what would be the best way to go about this?
My plan at the moment is to have her sit in a box for a couple of days where she is, on golf balls, and one night while she sleeps close the box and move her to my property, and then leave her for a couple more days to see if she stays broody. I will then place some eggs under her, or chicks after a while longer then, depending on what I can get my hands on.
Is this alright to do it like this? She just went broody this morning, or broody proper.
Thanks, I will appreciate all help smile.png

No matter how you do this there is a good chance the move will break the broodiness.  I think your plan is a good one, but I'd add a step.  Put the hen and box/nest in a dog crate, or a cage that can be moved easily, and then after a few days bring her home as you describe.  This way you can leave the hen in the cage (familiar surroundings) for the duration of incubating the eggs. Keeping the cage/hen/nest well away from other chickens after the move might help too.

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Thanks, I'll be sure to do that. Can only get her this weekend so I'll ask the people who have her to put her in a crate of sorts for now so she'll spend three or four days in there before we move her. Really hope this works. None of my chooks are laying yet so I hope having a older hen laying and brooding will inspire them.
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Thanks, I'll be sure to do that. Can only get her this weekend so I'll ask the people who have her to put her in a crate of sorts for now so she'll spend three or four days in there before we move her. Really hope this works. None of my chooks are laying yet so I hope having a older hen laying and brooding will inspire them.

You're welcome and good luck.

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