Originally Posted by GitaBooks
Originally Posted by generaldsherman
Sadly, she was 4 weeks old. Flew into a pond I forgot to empty.
Oh, I'm sorry.
We had a chick die jumping into a pail of water. Accidents happen, so don't blame yourself.
After what happened to her now we don't let chicks out unless we have only chick-safe waterers set about for the others (we often use rubber buckets or tubs when all the birds are adults) or else I keep them in their broody pen until they are large to be able to get out.
Originally Posted by jwlpoultry
About to set 4 Rhodebar eggs as a test hatch. Maybe I can find some other eggs to throw in. Lol
Cool! Where'd you get your Rhodebars?
Originally Posted by Razadia
Excuse the cobwebs. I don't clean that shelf because I'm terrified of breaking anything on it. Everything on this self belonged to my late grandmother. Note the shakers at the very top.
I don't collect them, but I love those 2. As far as I know, everything on that shelf is older than I am and I'll be 26 on Wednesday!
Beautiful. We have some antics too and I'm always terrified to handle them. Being in a house with five boys means a lot of things get broken, but I guess that is what glue is for.
Is there anyway to encourage a hen to go broody?
We can learn together.
This is my first planned hatch-a-long also (I've only hatched eggs in my incubator, successfully, one other time).
The offered advice will certainly help you as far as getting a hen to go broody. They love to do it their first or second year and they love to do it at particular times of the year. Spring seems like a big time, and a lot of hens are going broody right now. They love a clean, secluded nest that is regularly used by other hens and has lots of eggs in it. I'm not sure if having a rooster helps with them going broody or not (it doesn't affect egg laying, but this is more behavioral then that), however, I know that roosters encourage it by showing hens nests and calling them to it.
Best of luck with your plans!