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Anybody else have a broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jchicken311, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. Jchicken311

    Jchicken311 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today when I went out to lock the chickens up in the coop my little silkie hen wasn't in her sleeping area with the other hens and rooster like she usually was, she was laying in the goat shed in her laying corner just laying there. I checked her over and she was fine she was just laying there on no eggs and was puffed up and just kind of dazing off. I finally figured out she was broody and went and grabbed 5 of her eggs (from the last 5 days) and slipped them under her, she didn't move or anything she just kind of let me. She was all puffed up and wouldn't get up so i just locked her up in the shed on her eggs and I am going to get her some food and water in the morn, and she is separated from the flock. Am I missing something? [​IMG] This is my first hen to go broody and I want her to hatch and raise the chicks............so any tips or is anyone else have a newly broody hen? I am excited but nervous and this is the first time I have had a broody.[​IMG]

    Thanks
     
  2. Jchicken311

    Jchicken311 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ????
     
  3. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't have to seperate unless you really just prefer to. Just let her do her thing. The more you mess with her the less likely you'll have a good hatch.

    Also, just be patient with the boards. Don't expect responses in just ten minutes. Give at least a day.
     
  4. Bernadine503

    Bernadine503 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two of my Silkie hens went broody at the same time for the very first time. ..and on the coop floor! I don't have a rooster so I bought 7 fertilized Silkie eggs from a local lady and put four under one, and 3 under the other. They were so cute and brooded very well together. They would steal eggs from each other, but 21 days later we got 7 cute baby fuzzy butts! I made sure I marked dashes all around the eggs so I knew which ones were the fertilized eggs since they shared the coop with another non broody silkie. She went around her own business and didn't bother the broodies girls. When the chicks were born she left them alone. My chicks are now 2 weeks old and today I found a good home for them since I can't keep them all. I did let the girls keep one chick. So far they seem to be working well with the chick :)
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2015
  5. Jchicken311

    Jchicken311 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info!
     

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