Originally Posted by granny hatchet
Originally Posted by campingshaws
Six is a good number for a first time mom. I would give her six fresh eggs and get rid of the 17. And I would isolate her, so no one else lays in her nest. My broodies always puff up like tom turkeys and make a screeching dinosaur noise.
even on the first day camping ? the growling and being mad stuff ? I incubate mostly .
This year I had four chickens go broody, and one of them went broody twice. They don't always bite, but they would always puff up and scream at me. Some will do that if you interrupt them laying. I like to pester broodies in the first 1-3 days to make sure they're serious. During that time I'll move the clutch to a dog kennel either in the coop or on the porch, somewhere that the rest of the flock can see them pretty often. If she sticks the nest after being moved, then I figure she's serious.