Originally Posted by dotm8rix
Smart henny. :) I don't know a lot about broodies. Started reading up on it last night as we have a girl who was hanging out in the nest box all day/night. She came out this morning when I brought treats so I'm not sure whether she is feeling some kind of motherly way. There weren't any eggs in the nest either (I usually have one or two girls who lay by this time in the morning). I'm not sure what's going on.
Back to incubation, do you (or Naliez) do anything to orient your eggs upward for hatching? On an old SCNA forum post Jerry mentioned using the turning racks in his hovabator to set the eggs large end up for the hatching so the chicks position and pip correctly. I'm using a brinsea so it has these rail things instead. I'm wondering whether I should buy some turning racks for a different incubator and try cutting them to fit mine (assuming they're larger since those incubators hold more eggs). Or maybe there's another material that'd be okay to use?
Since you have a Brinsea and they are already upright, I wouldn't worry about doing anything else at all. Curiously, the only people I ever hear who have Seramas popping out of their shells are usually hatching in a Brinsea.
Seramas are seriously broody birds. Hanging out in the nest box day and night is a good indicator even if they don't have eggs. They should get up daily for food, etc. so if she goes right back to the nest she probably is going broody. I give, or try to give my broody a private area to sit on their eggs with their own food and water so that other birds aren't laying eggs on theirs and disturbing her. I move them and their eggs at night and that usually works. I also like to have that private area near/in the coop so that when chicks are born they integrate right into the flock. Although, these days I have so many birds that I usually leave the broody in the coop and let her do her thing, but mark the eggs so I know which ones she is sitting on.