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Moving a broody hen

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My coop was constructed with 12 nest boxes several feet above ground.  I'd like to allow a broody hen to set a clutch, but she has adopted one of the higher altitude nests. The other hens all lay in the high-altitude nest boxes, so I can't block them all off.  Might it be possible to relocate her to a ground-level box that we construct in a corner of the coop?  Might she take to it if we tried to relocate her?  Has anyone succeeded in this endeavor? 

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From my experience broody hens do not take kindly to being moved, so I wait until their eggs have hatched and she is ready to get up with the chicks, before moving her and the babies to a more suitable place.

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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