Originally Posted by Susan945
I know this is an old tread but I need some help. My Buff is broody and has been for about 3 weeks. We were still taking the eggs from under her. (usually around 6 to 8 a day from other hens.. I tried to move her the other night and she was not having it. She was out of the box and waking everyone up, I had placed her in a samller run along side the coop so she could see the other hens but she would be safe and placed fake eggs in with her. She kicked all the eggs out 4 different times and was mad at the world. So after 4 days of that i put her back in to the coop and she went straight for her box and got in.. I finally gave in last weekend and marked 4 real eggs and put them under her. We still have to move her each day to get the other eggs out but she seems happier...
Question now is when should I try to move her again with her eggs so hopefully the babies will hatch and she can be a good mama? What should I do if she rejects the eggs when I move her? I don't think it would be good idea to leave her in the coop with the other hens and 2 roosters.
Any and all ideas are more then welcome!!
Welcome to BYC @Susan945!
Lots of variables with broody hens..... depending on your housing configuration, preferred management style, and flock dynamic.
Doesn't sound like it's a good idea to move her, you tried for 4 days and she wouldn't have it.
It's good she lets you remove fresh eggs.
Most broodies can hatch right in the coop with the flock, you may have to set up a creep feeder and waterer for the chicks.
Here's a great thread to read lots of examples and experiences and ask questions:
Edited by aart - 3/10/16 at 6:45am