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post #31 of 38

I just had a hen hatch out 5 turkey eggs, yesterday.  She is still with the baby poults.  However, I will not leave her with them long.  I am wondering if this will break her broody, or if I might be able to get some other fertile chick eggs and let her hatch them out?  I usually remove her from the nest everyday, and put her outside to eat, drink and relieve herself.  I hate to take her away from the turkey babies, but I don't think it is healthy for the turkey to be with chickens.  Any ideas?

post #32 of 38
I would let her raise the turkey poults. I've seen chickens hatch and raise, turkeys, ducks, geuines etc

I have several different breeds of chickens all Large Fowl. Blue laced and black laced Barnevelders, Blue/Black/Splash/Buff/White/Silver Laced Large Fowl Cochins, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes,Columbian Wyandottes,Light/Buff Brahmas, lavender orpingtons. Chicks and Hatching Eggs Available in some breeds. Please PM me, i love to talk chicken:)

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I have several different breeds of chickens all Large Fowl. Blue laced and black laced Barnevelders, Blue/Black/Splash/Buff/White/Silver Laced Large Fowl Cochins, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes,Columbian Wyandottes,Light/Buff Brahmas, lavender orpingtons. Chicks and Hatching Eggs Available in some breeds. Please PM me, i love to talk chicken:)

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post #33 of 38

I see this is an old thread so unsure if I should post...but my favorite little hen has gone broody.  We are new to backyard chickens but we love it and my only regret is we didn't discover the fun of chickens sooner.  We have three hens and though we enjoy their eggs, they are more like pets.  Paulette is my cute little broody one and in the mornings when I put out some lettuce or other treats the other two get them and Paulette sits on the nest.  Lately I've been making her get out of the nest for at least an hour and she will eat and drink and stretch a little...then I let her back in.  It has only been ten days...I think I'll let it be and hope she snaps out of it on her own but it is a little heartbreaking to see!  Now that I see there might be an increase in mites due to all that sitting...should I put something in the nest to try and prevent that?  

post #34 of 38
Most hens if not broken from their broodyness will just continue to sit. Being she has no fertile eggs she is just waging a losing battle. Your best to just break her by putting her in a small crate or fencing her to keep her from getting into the best boxs every few days let her loose to see if she heads back to the nests. If she does back in the pen until she is back to normal. Good luck feel free to post questions

I have several different breeds of chickens all Large Fowl. Blue laced and black laced Barnevelders, Blue/Black/Splash/Buff/White/Silver Laced Large Fowl Cochins, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes,Columbian Wyandottes,Light/Buff Brahmas, lavender orpingtons. Chicks and Hatching Eggs Available in some breeds. Please PM me, i love to talk chicken:)

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I have several different breeds of chickens all Large Fowl. Blue laced and black laced Barnevelders, Blue/Black/Splash/Buff/White/Silver Laced Large Fowl Cochins, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes,Columbian Wyandottes,Light/Buff Brahmas, lavender orpingtons. Chicks and Hatching Eggs Available in some breeds. Please PM me, i love to talk chicken:)

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post #35 of 38

Thank you... not looking forward to that but I do see what you mean.  I'll wait a bit and see if she stops on her own.  Breaks my heart but it is their nature to want to hatch their eggs.   :)

post #36 of 38
Don't feel bad, it doesn't hurt her at all and you'll be glad you did:)

I have several different breeds of chickens all Large Fowl. Blue laced and black laced Barnevelders, Blue/Black/Splash/Buff/White/Silver Laced Large Fowl Cochins, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes,Columbian Wyandottes,Light/Buff Brahmas, lavender orpingtons. Chicks and Hatching Eggs Available in some breeds. Please PM me, i love to talk chicken:)

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I have several different breeds of chickens all Large Fowl. Blue laced and black laced Barnevelders, Blue/Black/Splash/Buff/White/Silver Laced Large Fowl Cochins, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes,Columbian Wyandottes,Light/Buff Brahmas, lavender orpingtons. Chicks and Hatching Eggs Available in some breeds. Please PM me, i love to talk chicken:)

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post #37 of 38
I have 1 broody hen and I only put fertile eggs under her a week after she became broody before then she was sitting on her own unfertile eggs will she start the 21 days from when I put the fertile eggs under her or has the 21 days already started
post #38 of 38
Chickens don't have a calendar luckily:) she will sit until you either break her broodiness or she hatches her eggs. I don't reccommend letting her sit much more than you are as it will be close to a month by the time her chicks hatch. Hens barely eat or drink while sitting so it's hard on them

I have several different breeds of chickens all Large Fowl. Blue laced and black laced Barnevelders, Blue/Black/Splash/Buff/White/Silver Laced Large Fowl Cochins, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes,Columbian Wyandottes,Light/Buff Brahmas, lavender orpingtons. Chicks and Hatching Eggs Available in some breeds. Please PM me, i love to talk chicken:)

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I have several different breeds of chickens all Large Fowl. Blue laced and black laced Barnevelders, Blue/Black/Splash/Buff/White/Silver Laced Large Fowl Cochins, Blue Laced Red Wyandottes,Columbian Wyandottes,Light/Buff Brahmas, lavender orpingtons. Chicks and Hatching Eggs Available in some breeds. Please PM me, i love to talk chicken:)

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