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Hey,

Everyone! this will be a thread about broody hens! Post pics, tell stories, ask questions, suggest, ANYTHING!! wee

GOOOOO!!!!! celebratecelebrate


Edited by FarmerBoy24 - 5/1/11 at 1:18pm
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Anyone?? idunno

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we are in the second 'broody' episode from one of our buff orpingtons....sigh....we don't have a rooster, so there is no chance for the eggs to hatch, but she doesn't know that!  We collect the eggs during the day so she is just sitting on litter.  I remove her from the nest as many time as I can, but who knows how long it will take to break her.  the first time she went broody, it took 6 weeks!

my favorite part is when I open the nest box door and she puffs up and makes the horrible shrieking sound at me.  lau   

I'll try to get a pic of her all puffed up tomorrow!

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Co-Mother to 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 chickens: Pearl and Agnes  (RIP Lucy, Doris, and Stella 2010-2014)    
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Originally Posted by Sandy16 

we are in the second 'broody' episode from one of our buff orpingtons....sigh....we don't have a rooster, so there is no chance for the eggs to hatch, but she doesn't know that!  We collect the eggs during the day so she is just sitting on litter.  I remove her from the nest as many time as I can, but who knows how long it will take to break her.  the first time she went broody, it took 6 weeks!

my favorite part is when I open the nest box door and she puffs up and makes the horrible shrieking sound at me.  lau   

I'll try to get a pic of her all puffed up tomorrow!


Right now I have 2 broodies well 3 but one of them hatched her chicks a coulple of days ago. Under my Buff Orpingtion hen I have 2 dozen Splash, Cuckkoo, Golden Cuckkoo, and Blue Marans!, and under my other hen I have 1 dozen of BCM, Amerucan, Silver Laced Wyandotte and Olive Eggers. I can't wit for them all to hatch!! celebrate. Why don't you get some fertile eggs and let her hatch them?

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I had a BA go broody so I gave her 12EE eggs to hatch.  Shortly after that a silkie went broody.  I gave her 4 EE eggs.  The BA hatched six, one died at day 2, so a total of 5.  The silkie hatched all four of the eggs she incubated.  I was thrilled with her results.

American Buff trio, pekin ducks, collection of chickens.
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I risked life and limb to get this shot earlier. She has 11 chicks total. 2 Cochins and 9 Faverolles. I aslo have one trying to go broody. If she is still setting on Fri. she will get however many faverolle eggs I can collect out of 2 girls and 12 BCM eggs that I am getting.
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c110/bkruckeberg/20110501202650.jpg


Edited by Lifesong Farm - 5/1/11 at 6:30pm
Breeder/exhibitor of Oberhasli Dairy goats, 2 Colonial Spanish Mustangs, LF Faverolles, and LF Lavendar Ameruacuanas
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Breeder/exhibitor of Oberhasli Dairy goats, 2 Colonial Spanish Mustangs, LF Faverolles, and LF Lavendar Ameruacuanas
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Juat a heads up--

probably not many people posting to this thread because of this one http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=457488

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my RIR hen who just hatched chicks 3 months ago went broody friday AGAIN!  so, i was quick to act and she is setting on 9 eggs and 19 days to go.  whoo hoo!!

I have a small flock at the present after moving comprised of a Silkie mix, Australorp, white Easter Egger, Barred Plymouth Rock and a maturing rooster. Plus, Sherman the Boxer, CJ the Pug and Troy the Chihuahua.
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I have a small flock at the present after moving comprised of a Silkie mix, Australorp, white Easter Egger, Barred Plymouth Rock and a maturing rooster. Plus, Sherman the Boxer, CJ the Pug and Troy the Chihuahua.
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I have a light Sussex sitting on 9 Black Copper Maran eggs that are due to hatch May 5th.  This is her first time hatching and mine too so we are very excited to see what we get:)

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Originally Posted by Lifesong Farm 

I risked life and limb to get this shot earlier. She has 11 chicks total. 2 Cochins and 9 Faverolles. I aslo have one trying to go broody. If she is still setting on Fri. she will get however many faverolle eggs I can collect out of 2 girls and 12 BCM eggs that I am getting.
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c110/bkruckeberg/20110501202650.jpg


I love broodies WAY more than incubators. My silkiexaustrolop hatched ALL 1 dozen eggs! a couple of days ago. When your hens go broody do you separate her from the rest of the flock? or just keep them together?

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