Broody Hen Thread! - Page 1045
Edited by fisherlady - 2/20/16 at 4:06pm
In addition to my above reply...
Congratulations on the broody! It's a wonderful and frustrating thing all at the same time. It is hard to not be able to see what is going on...
Edited to correct the stupid auto correct!
Edited by fisherlady - 2/20/16 at 4:05pm
I have set hundreds of broodies and I can Not answer your question, because I never look under my broodies when they are due to hatch. If I lifted her or tilted her to see under her, I would cause her to loose some of the moisture under her-----that she might need for the hatch-----No Way Would I touch mine during that time!! You and others can do how you want with yours----might not affect yours, but It did mine years ago.
Found my chick starter today. Bless Orschelns is all I can say. 3 days from 'Lockdown' I don't think my hen is getting off the nest much. If she is making a 'bathroom and McDonald's run' she is doing it at the speed of light. I wanted to fill her chick feeder with starter for her but the rest of the flock roosts in the coop where she is nesting and frankly they are gluttonous pigs. I left her regular food (with a mix of sunflower seeds, and a little raw oat meal which is her their favorite treat) in the chick feeder for her and set a little can of chick starter in the nest with her so she hopefully will get a chance at it before the others decide to risk her wrath by sampling it. She still has to get out of the nest to poo and get water so hopefully this arrangement will work.
Hopefully you will move the feed so she can not reach it at least during her last 3 days because she Will have to Do One Of 2 things----either leave the nest to poop which can cause her eggs that are pipping/hatching to dry out or she will poop in the nest----a major mess if the chicks get into it.
Edited by PD-Riverman - 2/20/16 at 5:10pm
1st day I saw a chick.
It was a very long 72 hour wait until she came off nest. I took the advice from site a did not interrupt her.
Lots of good posts and enjoyable photos on thread. Am going ti definately rework nesting/brooding area and encourage hens to be mommas.