Anxious wait.....do chickens have special powers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pgpoultry, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody Gold Brahma is on day 21.....this hatch is precious.

    My Gold Brahma boy dropped dead suddenly the day after I had decided to let her brood again only 6 weeks after her previous hatch. She had set outside between the house and our domestic oil supply. I provided her with a makeshift shelter as there was no coop available at the time (barn being rebuilt). She decided to roll the eggs out until she had the eggs virtually on bare earth (in Wales, night time temperature in the 50's). She has sheep hurdles with chicken wire over them and a loose sheet of corrugated iron for a roof, but it's wide open really.She initially had 8 eggs, but broke and ate the contents of one of them.

    So the chances of hatching may not be so good, but she is a good broody.

    This morning (start of day 21) I went to look at my hen to find all my adult birds sitting around her pen, including a Warren who has not been near the coop even at night for weeks. She got up to drink and empty, so I was able to see her eggs. No pips, no rocking, no cheeping......nothing. The eggs, however were arranged with military precision. They formed a wishbone sort of shape with the apex where she places her breast, all about the same distance apart and all with the pointy ends pointing inwards. On one side there were 4 eggs and on the other 3 with a stone forming a position opposite the egg on the other side. Weird!!!! [​IMG] Anyway, while I was going to fetch my camera she sat back on the eggs.

    Later on today I went to take another look at her to find all the juveniles sitting around her pen. None of the chickens have ever done this before.

    Now, my understanding tells me this hatch may not happen, but my birds seem to know something is happening. [​IMG]

    Well my fingers are crossed, but anyone else had this type of behaviour?

    Sandie
     
  2. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
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    hoping for the best maybe the juvies hear eggs pipping?
     
  3. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    I've never seen but it sure sounds funny.
     
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    How interesting. None of my broodies have ever done anything like this. I will be waiting and see what happens in the next few days.
     
  5. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
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    Goodluck- I hope she hatches them all for you- an picky chicken, how odd!
     
  6. sandiatonimarie

    sandiatonimarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like she's building Chickenhenge ... or a chicken crop circle - fascinating.
     
  7. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, Goldie Hen is still low and flat today and is bok, bok, boking a lot to herself, so I am still keeping my fingers crossed. No eggs or broken shells that I can see and I don't think I can hear any cheeping (but all the birds in the neighbourhood seem to be voicing their opinions on the day AND my daughter bought the dog a new squeaky toy. He sits next to me biting and growling at it to encourage me to play, so I am not having a fair shot at listening!)

    All I have managed to get a glimpse of is the carefully sited stone........so I still don't know......the wait seems endless!

    Sandie
     
  8. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    [​IMG] sounds very intriguing...
     
  9. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wahayyyyyyy, [​IMG]

    just went out to check (again) on Goldie and she raised herself a little and started gently calling.....and there was a nicely fluffed up chick tucked under her wing. A further 3 eggs did not show any signs of hatching, but if there's only one chick I am happy enough,

    Sandie
     
  10. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    pictures please.
     

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