BREEDERS! I need some ideas for Broody Hen enclosures!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by capayvalleychick, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. capayvalleychick

    capayvalleychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody hens are crowding together and sharing nests, resulting in poor hatches.

    I would like some ideas for broody hen pens. What do you use?

    I have tried large dog Vari Kennels. These are ok but the food & water spill and the manure gets too messy. I need a better idea.

    Another issue is the heat here. It is over 100 degrees with very low humidity for a large part of the summer. This is when the girls decided to get broody. [​IMG]

    I've also had difficulty moving broodies. They get upset and quit.

    So, any and all advice is welcome! Thank you! [​IMG]

    Kim
     
  2. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used crate too. I have built a small BQ tractor for the broodie and the 1st aid I have posted it yesterday .
     
  3. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I hope this will help you
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  4. capayvalleychick

    capayvalleychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! Where/how do you put food & water in it?

    Kim
     
  5. capayvalleychick

    capayvalleychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I found your photos. Very creative! Love your Delawares, too!

    Kim
     
  6. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Kim, I use single nesting boxes that can be easily picked up and moved. When I get a broody, I go to her at night and put a piece of cardboard over the opening of the nest. Then I pick up the nest and carry it to my "maternity" pens. These pens are 30" X 30" and 30" tall. I remove the cardboard and let her settle for the night. After she has proven that she will set in her new location, for a couple nights, I go again at night and remove her original eggs and replace them with fresh ones that have been collected and dated for this occasion. Then I mark my calendar. I use hay for bedding for 2 reasons. Hay is great for strengthening chick legs and is easy to clean the huge poops that broodies leave. Before moving them into the maternity pen I set it up with food and water. The hen has the whole 21 days in there without being disturbed by anyone or anything except me when I feed or clean and that is as brief as possible. I do candle at day 7 and 14. The matenity pens that I have used in the past are built much like a tic tac toe pattern with 3 levels of 3 pens. The side walls are solid on the interrior compartments with hardare cloth used everywhere else, providing plenty of ventilation. The next ones I build will be two levels with the top level and bottom level more conducive to access as I`m only 6' 2" and can`t reach the top pens well on the 3rd level, same with the bottom row as I`m to old to be bending that low, LOL. BTW, I leave mom and babies in the 30" X 30" pen until they are about 2 weeks old, or crowding occures, then move them to a 4' x 5' pen with a dirt floor. Has worked well for me for a long time. Hope you can use some of this info............Pop

    You might like these. Don`t forget the spring that is sold seperately.

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    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011
  7. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That sounds like an excellent plan!
     
  8. capayvalleychick

    capayvalleychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That sounds like an excellent plan!

    I agree! Thank you! [​IMG]

    Kim
     

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