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First time broody

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Had a buff orpington go broody in our chicken yard and decided to let her do her thing (we have an accidental rooster and zero incubation experience). Day 6-7 she hadn't come off the nest and I noticed other hens bullying her a bit, jumping in her nest box/pecking her etc. Offered her food and water in the nest box and she drank like she was parched. For fear of disturbing her by relocating her, but wanting to protect her from the rest of our clique we moved an entire line of nest boxes into a huge cage inside of the chicken yard so none of them can get to her. Is this sufficient? Anything I am overlooking? Should I not have allowed her to stay on the nest? Day 8 now so I think I'm committed?
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If she is separated from the others with food and water at her disposal she should do her thing and be fine.  That will also mean the other hens don't add to her clutch of eggs.  You may have to take her off her nest once a day to make her have a break (I've found I've had to do that with our little bantams that we moved indoors to brood).  If she's been sitting for 8 days she's committed and won't easily be put off sitting on her eggs and some hens will dehydrate/starve themselves to death sitting, so make her take a break. 


Hatching under broodies is a lot of fun and it's lovely to watch the mother chicken teaching her babies what to eat, how to scratch, how to catch bugs, how to perch, and they are adorable when they are snuggled up together (especially when they are really little and you see little heads poking out from under the Mummy chicken's feathers).

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