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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by megcpat, Jan 23, 2010.
Maybe give her wood shavings as well as the straw for her nest.
Actually there is wood shavings on the floor of the coop where she moved the nest.
Coop be why she moved her nest there. Wood shavings offer nice cushioning for the eggs.
it doesn't have to be deep, just sort of cup like. 6 eggs are not too much to cover, don't worry. you can always add some straw if you need it.
please no wood shaving in summer, it is too hot. I learned it hard way. one of my first broodies was sitting on the wood shaving in june and none hatched.
please remove some wood shaving when she gets up and put more straw. only if it is not too hot where you live you can leave it.
Its not real deep... no more than two inches. I looked in on her this morning and she had added more straw. I would have love to have seen her move her nest!
I emailed Nancy Utterback to see if she was a "professional" broody but Nancy couldn't remember if she had brooded chicks before. I'm betting she has since it looks like she knows what she's doing and she's older than dirt.
Well, Friday I'm going to pickup a Rubbermaid dog house to use as an temporary shelter for young chickens before they move permanently into a coop. I'm hoping in two weeks to get them outside. I'm going to have to block off the round run so that the bigs can't get in there, and let the littles run around in there. Then we can start transitioning into the flock.
So far, my flock has been really good about accepting new members When I've added to the flock in the past, we'd have a day to a week between fences, and then one night I put the new ones in the coop and close it up for the night... Usually they've grumbled but accepted newbies at that point.
I'm kicking mine out on their 4 week birthday tomorrow. No nightly lows below 65 and they are mostly feathered so I think they will be okay if they huddle together. They haven't used the heat plate the past couple days. I cannot stand the smell any longer!!!!