Originally Posted by JoyfulPromise
I always move my broodies and usually have no problem at all. I choose the eggs I want the broody to hatch, and when she seems serious (staying on the nest box all day & at night despite attempted removal) I set up a nice large cardboard box nesting box (cheap and disposable!) in one of my broody coops or a safe corner of the coop. I arrange the eggs I want her to hatch, and then carefully move her AT NIGHT to the new box. It works for me without fail! The broody is so happy to get a whole clutch of eggs that she settles in without much fuss.
The only time I had trouble moving a broody was when I let her set for most of the three weeks in a nesting box, and then tried to move her a few days before the chicks were to hatch because I was worried about them falling out. I put her eggs in a box in a rabbit cage and moved her on them, but in the morning I found her off the nest pacing trying to get back to her old nest, and her eggs were cool! I ended up moving her back to her old nest, and amazingly, almost all of her eggs hatched despite the disruption!!!
I would suggest taking away most of your Australorp's golf balls except maybe one, and then setting up a nice safe nest for her and moving her to it at night with a clutch of eggs to sit on(or golf balls if you want to make sure she will stay). It might help if the new nest is out of sight of the old one. Good luck!
Awesome information. Thanks for the help.
Originally Posted by whirlwind2357
Anyone know someone I could order bantam hatching eggs from?
What kind do you want? I have some bantam eggs I could send you if you wanted. They're mix breed but I still love them.
Originally Posted by NotAFarm
Todd, I have moved broody hens with good success. You must move her at night, not dusk, complete darkness. Get everything ready before you move her, during the day when it is easier. Do you have a place to move her where she could get off the nest and drink and relieve herself but would not be "free" to leave the nest area? An enclosed area, coop, that is separate from the main coop? As someone else mentioned, if she can't see the old nest that is best. What kind/size of nest is she in? Make the new nest the same size enclosure. What is the nest itself made of? Straw, shavings? Use the same kind of nesting material. Using the lowest light possible, move half of the warm golfballs she has been sitting on first, then the hen, then the rest of the warm golfballs. Don't use the light directly on her, keep everything as dim as possible. Leave when you have put the last golfballs under her. NO lights. You say she has been sitting for a week so she should settle on the nest. You'll know in the morning if she accepts the new location. Since she is on golfballs, give her all the next day or even a second to settle if she is off the nest in the morning. Once she settles back on the nest, you can move eggs from the incubator...you have plenty of time since they are on day 8 (but that was a day or so ago). Move the eggs at night....complete darkness...again using the smallest amount of light possible. Candle the eggs from the incubator and only give her the ones that look like they are developing. Moving them at day 14 to 16 would work great. Don't jostle the eggs when moving. I heat a towel in the dryer and gently place them on the warm towel inside a box or bucket to move mine. Be careful moving eggs too close to hatch, they need to position themselves. Don't move eggs that are pipped....you risk shrink wrapping them.
Thank you for the information! I'll have to try that next time because it is chaos around here with hens going broody in nest boxes.
Originally Posted by Junibutt
I had 2 chicks hatch late, towards the end of Day 22 of my test hatch. One is doing great but the other one not so good. Mostly sleeping, big belly and not lifting its head much. Here is kind of how it mostly stays. I have force fed some Save-A-Chick electrolytes. Is there anything else I can do for it? It starts screaming when I pick it up so something hurts.
Here is its pic:
It does open its eyes and lift its head and walk a little sometimes but doesn't go very far.
Here is another pic:
I have 2 eggs that are still not pipped and its almost end of Day 23. I candled them yesterday and they were still alive. What does everyone suggest I do? If they are still alive, shall I open the egg and peel off the shell if they are moving? Just don't want to toss them if they are alive.
I'm sorry to hear about your first chick. It sounds like it might have an infection in its yolk, in which case I think the only thing you can do is try to keep it warm and comfortable, as well as hydrated.
As for the eggs that are taking a while, if you see they are trying to pip or you hear them cheeping then try opening up a breathing hole at the top, where the airsac is. Then, slowly over a few hours, you can pick away the shell until they are free. Opening the top gives them air but they often need assistance after that. Some chicks are slower then others, so it can be a difficult choice whether to assist or not, since some chicks will end up hatching and others end up dying a day or two after hatch date.
Best of luck with all your babies!