Well, I've been hoping one of my girls would go broody and now I have two....the problem is, they went broody in the laying boxes! In the past my girls hid a nest of their own and hatched them but these two just took over the laying box! There are 4 other boxes and after two days of some noisy clucking when the others have come in to lay, the other chickens have started laying in the box furthest from the two broodies. OK, so that solved and I'll be able to still have eggs to sell but the other issue is the laying boxes are about 2 feet off the floor and in with all the rest of the flock! So I'm wondering what to do. 20 years ago I had a girl hatch in the hen house and the chicks were hatched dry but dead so I think the other chickens killed them.
I'm afraid if I move the nests they'll abandon them. Any ideas or anyone have some experience with this?
I did have broodies that abandoned their eggs when I moved them but when I left them be that was a disaster too! I think you have to try no matter what. It doesn't work to leave them in with the whole flock.
Sunny, do you have a count on the chicks that hatched from the eggs I gave you. How many of the Polish and what colors you got of the EE's and the Polish. Since I have two broodie's I'm now wondering what I may get and would like to record what you got.
I can't believe I finally have not one but two broodie's!
Another question I have for those who have hatched from broodies, since I have two do I need to separate them too or can they be next to each other. They're buddies and are always together, do you think they'll comingle their chicks?
Some broodies will share mothering duties but I have no idea how to tell which will and which won't. I will try to get updated pics of the kids that came from your eggs and I will take notes on how many polish and how many of the others there are. There are some real beauties from that hatch! This weekend is super packed so remind me if I forget.
Great pics everyone!!!