Well, I survived another day in the office but joy of joys, they have decided that starting next year, it would be a good idea if everyone was on site EVERY Wednesday
Hey ChristieB welcome back … sorry to hear about your phone dramas. While your little ones are not so little any more, they are still very cute!
RodneyRooster good luck with the rooster rehoming.
Congrats on the new layer(s) sjturner79.
Fancy I hope your new peacock friend is able to keep himself safe. Oooh, decorating the tree for Christmas with entrails .. different .. lol. Cue music ... deck the halls with guts and gizzards tra, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Tee hee Anniebee .. satay has more broody’s than I do
I have heard of people leaving dummy eggs to encourage broodiness so if it is not needed anymore and you do not want broody’s, I would remove it.
Yeah, I do believe you can have a semi-broody.
When LuLu goes broody she skips the ‘on the nest bit’ pretty much altogether. She will spend maybe half a day or one day on the nest and then goes straight to ‘I have babies’ mode. She wanders around talking to her invisible babies, protecting her invisible babies and calling her invisible babies for food [Dusty and Blondie especially like playing along and being ‘babies’, taking the treats etc ].
Dusty has never been broody BUT she has this weird thing where after she has laid her egg she will hop out of the nest for an hour or so, wander around, have a scratch etc but then she goes back to the nest [even if eggless] and hunkers down for a couple of hours. She does this with every egg, it is like she is having a ‘do I want to be broody’ trial and then decides “Nope! Not sharing my treats”
If I have broody’s and I am locking them out of the coop, if I lock Dusty out after laying her egg, when she goes back for the hunker she will chuck a trantrum if she cannot get back to the nest for the post egg whatever she is doing
Similar to Mindy, when my gals are coming into broodiness they can be distracted with treats or a free range but this only lasts for a day or so and then there is no distracting them