I have our first broody girl. She is a cuckoo maran and has been laying flat in the nest for about 3 days now. She comes out for just a few minutes in the morning to let the other girls lay and then she sits on their eggs all day! She's so protective over them we are scared to even go near her! Yesterday, we took the eggs from her and she was so mad! We felt really bad so we replaced them with some play wooden eggs. She's still in her same spot now, and I assume she's laying on the 3 wood eggs and the other girl's three real eggs today. Poor lil mama wants babies real bad!
So since she is broody, I've been thinking about getting her some fertilized eggs and making her a real mama. I've never done this before so I thought I'd ask the experts what I needed to do!
Should I move her? We have a little doghouse she can hang out in. How should we do this? First should I get the fertilized eggs, and then set them up and move her at night? The coop is set up really high and too dangerous for baby chicks if they do hatch.
How long do I have to get the fertilized eggs? I really wanted to get some Bantam easter egger eggs, but it might take awhile to find them and have them shipped.
Is this a project that I should not take on? Is it stressful, am I not cut out to be a chicken grandma yet? I am a pretty busy mom with 2 human kids and 2 dogs and chicken dad and everything else!!! Do I have to be vigilant? will I have to do anything special or just let nature take its course? Is it a magical educational process that my kids need to see? Or will we even be able to see the babies hatch?
I called the feed store today to ask if they had any hatching eggs (they don't). But the lady told me that I could get some day old chicks, and place them under her at night. Then the next morning she would think her babies hatched. Anyone tried this before?
Any tips, tricks, advice and stories would be so helpful!
Thanks in advance PEEPS!!!