Advice of moving a broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Gwyllm, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. Gwyllm

    Gwyllm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone.
    I have just started out with chickens, and a friend of mine has got 4 brooding at the moment and can't deal with that many more chicks, so they want to give me a broody. I've read here that moving chooks, especially to a different flock can break broodiness, so my question is, what would be the best way to go about this?
    My plan at the moment is to have her sit in a box for a couple of days where she is, on golf balls, and one night while she sleeps close the box and move her to my property, and then leave her for a couple more days to see if she stays broody. I will then place some eggs under her, or chicks after a while longer then, depending on what I can get my hands on.
    Is this alright to do it like this? She just went broody this morning, or broody proper.
    Thanks, I will appreciate all help :)
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No matter how you do this there is a good chance the move will break the broodiness. I think your plan is a good one, but I'd add a step. Put the hen and box/nest in a dog crate, or a cage that can be moved easily, and then after a few days bring her home as you describe. This way you can leave the hen in the cage (familiar surroundings) for the duration of incubating the eggs. Keeping the cage/hen/nest well away from other chickens after the move might help too.
     
  3. Gwyllm

    Gwyllm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I'll be sure to do that. Can only get her this weekend so I'll ask the people who have her to put her in a crate of sorts for now so she'll spend three or four days in there before we move her. Really hope this works. None of my chooks are laying yet so I hope having a older hen laying and brooding will inspire them.
     
  4. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're welcome and good luck.
     

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