I'm a total chicken newbie (got them as chicks in late April). We have 6 hens, 1 rooster, a young rescue chicken of unknown sex and 5 heritage turkeys.
I have my first broody hen (a BO named Blondie)! It took me a few days to figure out what was going on with her. I tried gently persuading her that she didn't want to live in a nest box (removing her and sending her outside). I picked her up last week and she had plucked her lower chest and belly area. I totally freaked out and zipped inside to consult BYC - thought she was sick. *Snort* figured out she was just determined to have babies - my husband is still snickering about my reaction
She has the most adorable growl! She's been broody now for just over a week, and I decided that I'd give her some eggs to hatch and see how she does - starting to get super excited about her having babies now!!
I read the broody hen thread to get an idea what to do with my broody girl
I've been admiring all the babies with mom pics - I hope she hatches at least a couple and is a good mom (she's such a sweet girl). I moved her into a large dog crate in the coop to keep get her out of the nest boxes. She wasn't thrilled about the move, but I put a couple of fake eggs in with her and she zipped them under her and settled in. After a couple of days sticking to the nest like glue, I gave her a batch of marked fertile eggs from our other ladies. I'm so proud of her, she hasn't moved much except to zip out and take care of herself.
Gave her eggs on Friday night (9 of them) and can't wait to candle them for the first time and see if anything is developing....I'm restraining myself so far and will try to be patient until day 7 or so (when a totally novice candler might actually be able to see something).
My husband thinks I'm a bit crazy to think a growling chicken is adorable
She pecks and snarls at the other chickens if they dare put themselves within reach, but she's been pretty tolerant of me. No one has been adding contributions to her clutch, so I think I'll leave her there until she hatches - I don't want to chance breaking her broodiness by moving her a second time. I hope she actually sticks to it for 3 weeks
but if not she can try again later (and I'll actually know what's going on lol).