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post #11 of 18

Even if she is a big hen, less is more. I have tried getting a big hen to hatch out more than a dozen, but you don't get a real good hatch rate. Really I think one does best with 8-10, but if you put in 12, I won't tell!

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post #12 of 18

A dozen would be amazing to me! I usually only put 6 large fowl eggs under my bantam ladies. One proven broody I put 8, but it was also high summer. 

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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 #13 of 18
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A dozen would be amazing to me! I usually only put 6 large fowl eggs under my bantam ladies. One proven broody I put 8, but it was also high summer. 

What's your plan? Do you have eggs under her yet? How many are you going to give her? Any special ones? (Mine is not broody like I'd hoped, so I'm just going to have to follow along with yours and enjoy your experience.)

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post #14 of 18

Well, my big Marans girl was back on the roost last night :(

 

But, Honey helped me check under my snake-mean broody in the main coop and two of her 6 had hatched :)

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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 #15 of 18
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Well, my big Marans girl was back on the roost last night :(

 

But, Honey helped me check under my snake-mean broody in the main coop and two of her 6 had hatched :)

I'm so glad you've finally got yourself a broody, know you've been pining for one.

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 #16 of 18
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Brunhilda had my hopes up again today, sitting on the baited nest later in the afternoon. She didn't even jump down to pick on the little ones as I opened up both sides of the coop for everyone to mingle. But alas, she was off the nest and on the roost tonight. On the bright side, I have buff rocks, buff orpingtons and dark cornish in my young flock. I know they're hatchery birds, but even those have been known to go broody on occasion... Maybe there's hope for next year. Last year I didn't have any broodies. 

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post #17 of 18
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Maybe I'm doing this wrong. New mantra for today...:fl "I don't want a broody I don't want a broody I don't want a broody....":fl (Think it'll work?)

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post #18 of 18

:yuckyuck

 

Just promise a bunch of eggs to someone. That will make them all go broody in a heartbeat :lol:

 

I changed the rooster in the Marans pen to get some Olive eggers and I think that completely broke the Marans girl. She wasn't too dedicated anyway. 

 

But I've got 4 fuzzies under my Snake, one egg hadn't done anything last night so I'll probably toss it tonight. I thought about trying to graft more babies to her, but I'm going to be making some changes to that pen so I think I'll just leave her be. 

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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