I was going to leave my broody with the rest of the flock this time. The others were waaaay too curious and kept shoving her out of the way. She became very unsettled and almost gave up!
So she is now in her own house, enclosed with a puppy playpen (Like a wire dog crate without a top), and the whole thing is within the main run.
She can see and hear the others, but is private and calmly sitting on 18 eggs.
Also my cockerel is being rehomed tonight. He is VERY big, and although he isn't aggressive, he tends to chase the ladies until they submit, which is not quite what I want with the little ones around! Have to say he's also very uncoordinated about where he puts his feet!
Until now I have always had the broody well away from the rest of the flock, but found it very stressful when it was time for her to go back, and again when introducing the babies. So this is all a bit of an experiment!
Will let you know how it goes!
Originally Posted by perchie.girl
I think Broody pens are an excellent idea myself. Thought technically they are not necessary I have had a hen hatch out a clutch of eggs out in the yard under a rosemary bush.... I only found her when she growled at me when I walked by.
But By doing a broody pen you can keep control over other hens trying to lay eggs in with her or near her nest. When My last broody hen was sitting on a clutch of eggs in a little dog house in the coop the other hens kept adding to her egg pile till she had more than twenty. By the time I knew about it I had no idea which ones were the ones she had started with. Only about five hatched because she kept rotating all the eggs in under her. I fenced her off in the coop to keep the chicks from getting separated from her and or messed with by the other chickens. That was seven or more years ago.
So this go round I want to do broody enclosures because I want to control the other birds and keep the hen fed and watered without being messed with. Plus the Wire on the broody enclosure will be finer to keep chicks from getting separated from momma for a while.... I let them all out when the chicks cant get through regular chicken wire.
Originally Posted by 123ChickieLou
Ok, so I should be looking at about two weeks, give or take. If I remember, I'll post pics to add to the fun :)
ETA- What's up with the broody pens and such? Is this necessary or will they be fine with their nest and pen? I haven't had predator problems as long as the pen is shut up at night and I don't have any roos. The only thing I'm even thinking about doing is moving the hen and her brood to a hutch. I may not even do that if all goes well. I wasn't planning on building anything extra for them.