Originally Posted by farmerChef
Originally Posted by AK Michelle
My cute little incubator will not settle. She wants back in the general population pen. If I put her in there, she'll probably be broody in a heartbeat but then I have to worry about everyone else getting into the nest with her and squashing the eggs or adding some extras
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?
When did you move her? I usually move them at night so there's not much fussing. Sometimed I will give her the eggs first in a moveable nest(like a litterbox) and then move her. Or maybe you could make a little pen inside the big one so she can still see everybody? Seems my broodies have little qurks like that and you just have to find out what works for them. I have one now the I gave eggs yesterday for Christmas hatch, she is still in the big pen right now, but nobodys been laying in her nest and I marked all the eggs I gave her, just in case, until I move her out.
We aren't finished with our nest boxes yet so for now the girls are using kitty litter buckets turned on their sides for nest boxes. I put a bucket in with her, and then put an egg in it, which she immediately ran over and scooped out of the nest/bucket and moved it under her, but she didn't sit on it. Then she moved to the other end of the brooder (it's 2' X 4') and she took the egg with her... But then left it alone. I put it back in the bucket when we shut all the lights off, but in the morning it was in the back corner between the bucket and the waterer, and she was pacing at the front of the brooder
I do have a broody Icelandic, who will likely be getting some eggs too, and I think I may put Bluey back in general population and just mark the eggs I give her and hope for the best. Maybe by hatch time she will let me move her and her eggs closer to the floor where I can put something around them to help protect the chick from the other adults.
This hatch will be to boost our egg layer flock. On new years I will be seperating my Icelandics so the Easter hatch can be all about Icelandics