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Hi,

I'm new to this website, well not that new I go here all the time but I need some help with my hens. One of my hens is very broody and she has been like this since one of her friends died. I have another hen with her but they don't seem to get along very well. Do you think that giving her some chicks is a good idea? She is very sweet and I don't like to see her like this. I read on another website that giving them chicks can sometimes help them. Does anybody think this is a good idea? If you do then can you give me some tips please? I'm just a kid with not a lot of experience and I need some help.

 

Sincerely,

Just a Kid 

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Welcome To BYC!

 

How long has she been broody? In the past I had a lonely hen go broody also. They are really social creatures and need a friend.

 

It isn't unheard of around here to give a broody chicks. Usally a hen will need to be broody for at least around 21 days before she will accept live chicks. that is how long it takes to incubate eggs, and for her hormones to be in the right place to accept chicks. The easiest way to give chicks is to slip chicks that are less than a week old under her during the night. Even then she may not accept them. Make sure to watch to see if she clucks at them, or if is she is being mean.

 

It depends on the hen and the breed. Some hens make good mothers, others not so much. You would have to watch her and be prepared to raise them yourself if needed. Most of my broody Hens I had were good mothers, but not all.

 

You may get some better responses if you post a question in this forum- http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/18/chicken-behaviors-and-egglaying

 

Good luck with your broody Hen!


Edited by Paganrose - 3/7/16 at 8:13pm

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Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

History Geek- Medieval reenactment, fiber arts and cooking, and natural architectural nut.

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Welcome To BYC!

 

How long has she been broody? In the past I had a lonely hen go broody also. They are really social creatures and need a friend.

 

It isn't unheard of around here to give a broody chicks. Usally a hen will need to be broody for at least around 21 days before she will accept live chicks. that is how long it takes to incubate eggs, and for her hormones to be in the right place to accept chicks. The easiest way to give chicks is to slip chicks that are less than a week old under her during the night. Even then she may not accept them. Make sure to watch to see if she clucks at them, or if is she is being mean.

 

It depends on the hen and the breed. Some hens make good mothers, others not so much. You would have to watch her and be prepared to raise them yourself if needed. Most of my broody Hens I had were good mothers, but not all.

 

You may get some better responses if you post a question in this forum- http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/18/chicken-behaviors-and-egglaying

 

Good luck with your broody Hen!


I agree - you could always see if anyone has some fertile eggs that they may be willing to give / sell to you. 

 

CT

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post #4 of 9

:welcome

 

The question isn't what your hen wants, but what do you want. Are you set up to raise more chicks? do you have enough space in the coop to house the babies? If you want more birds, having a broody is a wonderful way to add to your flock. Once she's been broody about 3 weeks, you can slip day old pullets from the feed store, etc under her and she'll likely accept them as her own. 

 

If you don't want more birds, or are too crowded on space, do a search on breaking a broody. There are many threads here about how to do that. Brooding is very hard on their bodies, and if there's no reward of chicks in the end is't not worth the stress on the hen IMO. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #5 of 9
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Thank you so much for the help! She has been broody for far longer than three weeks and my Dad is going to buy some new chickens soon too so I think this will be a good idea! thank you for the help!

post #6 of 9

Are you positive she's broody?

Does she stay on the nest all day and all night?

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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post #7 of 9
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yes but she doesn't come out to eat or drink she has become very skinny and is starting to lose the feathers on her belly. When I try to keep her outside she finds a way back in wether its by finding out how to open the door or jumping out of the coop to find a new nest.

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yes but she doesn't come out to eat or drink she has become very skinny and is starting to lose the feathers on her belly. When I try to keep her outside she finds a way back in wether its by finding out how to open the door or jumping out of the coop to find a new nest.

How long has she been like that?

You need to break her broodiness so she goes back to eating and drinking correctly......

...they can be come very sick if you let it go on too long.

 

 

 

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 nipple 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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post #9 of 9

Yes I agree with Aart! A hen that is broody for an extended time is unhealthy for her!  So unless you are getting chicks within the next day or so, and they are able to break her broodiness, then you should use other means, such as the cage mentioned, for her health! 

 

Make sure she is eating well! Some broodies forget to eat or drink! Entice her to eat with yogurt, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, or even soaked chicken feed.

Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

History Geek- Medieval reenactment, fiber arts and cooking, and natural architectural nut.

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Homesteading on a 6 acre hobby farm in Southern Wisconsin. Raising a gifted child, A barnyard mix of chickens, Icelandic sheep, A sweet elderly pitty bull, a few barn cats, and a large garden.  

 

 

History Geek- Medieval reenactment, fiber arts and cooking, and natural architectural nut.

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