1st broody hen!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JakRat, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    As you can imagine I am super excited!

    Do I need to move her or can I just keep her in the coop?

    She is on the one nest that we have, they only use the one and not the other one we have. I hope that they other girls will lay in the other one while she is on her eggs.

    If I do move her inside, how much light, heat and all that does she need.

    If I do need to move her it wont be a problem as I can just pick up the nest box with her in it.

  2. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Do I need to clean out the box regularly since she is going to the bathroom in it? I dont want anything to hurt the chicks, so should I maybe transfer her to a new clean one?
  3. markvictor

    markvictor New Egg

    Sep 29, 2011
    Congratulations!! I am going through the same experience right now and this is my first broody hen. She is a Buff Orpington. I have all 6 of my chickens in my coop and I noticed that the other hens were trying to move my Buff off the eggs to lay or sit on. I did not want her to be disturbed by the other hens so I made a small screened in enclosure with in the coop and added her own water and food dish. She looks much happier now and the other hens can not disturb her.

    I would make sure that the area is as clean as possible with out getting her upset. I thought about moving her inside on my patio and building a new enclosure but so far the last 3 days have been good. I hope it works out for you..

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