Broodiness in Bielefelders

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Coop de Grass, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    :loveDoes anyone have any experience with broodiness in Bielefelders? I have a hen who has been sitting in her nest box for two days. Today she came out for a snack and went right back in.

    I haven't been able to find any info on this, and I sure could use the info if it is out there.


    I took these photos yesterday. Schnitzel barely fits into the nest box, but has chosen this one even tho she used to use the crate next to it!

    I am not sure if I should risk putting ferlized eggs under her. I love my Bielefelders. I have two hens, and just hatched a roo and a pullet.

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  2. texasmomma

    texasmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three bielefelders and a couple of bielefelder/cream legbar crosses. Two of the bieles are trying to go broody on me all the time. One of the crosses does the same. If I kick them out of the box, they will usually stay out for a day or so. However, one of them is pretty persistent. She hatched a few chicks for me last year and is finishing up a hatch right now. She's a great momma.
     
  3. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    @texasmomma Thanks! How many eggs did you put under her? I have no rooster ( well, he is 4 weeks old!) So I am wondering how many eggs are in a clutch.

    Also, do you have photos of your Bielefelder/Cream Legbar crosses? I just received 6 Olive egger eggs and 6 Cream Legbar eggs. I would love to see that mix.

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  4. texasmomma

    texasmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first time we put 7 under her and she hatched 6. All of them were pullets. This time, I put 11 under her. She ate one of them a few days before she was supposed to hatch. No clue why, but I figured it was the way of a broody hen. 11 seems fine under her. She's got 9 eggs under her right now and 4 chicks. I would say that's about her limit.

    I'll see if I can get some pics tomorrow. We've had a lot of rain, so they aren't very clean. Even though my legbars don't have large crests, I get crosses with a decent size crest. They look like bieles with a crest, ftmp. Some lay an olive egg and others lay a brown egg.
     
  5. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    @texasmomma It looks like I don't have to worry about her broodiness. She has been out of the nest for 2 hours... Back to building the incubator![​IMG]
     
  6. texasmomma

    texasmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]Sorry to hear about the broody.

    We've had a little trouble with ours. She smashed an egg last night and the chick inside died. Today, she smashed a chick. My 7 yo was quite sad.

    I put a chick into the incubator to dry off and rest before he went in with the rest; I was afraid he would get smashed as well. Not sure what I'm gonna do with the boys this time. I have plenty. I'd really like to find some new blood for diversity, but that may have to wait until next year.
     
  7. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    @texasmomma So sorry about your chicks [​IMG] Schnitzel is still hanging out in her nest box. I removed the fake egg that was in there for a week as the only egg. I can't believe that she was hatching one egg! [​IMG] She is still in there, being broody... My attempt at building a coolerbator is a flop because there is a short in the thermostat - and I've got 12 eggs! I have 7 in the Brinsea mini advance, but what should I do with the rest? Is it worth risking them under the Broody?
     
  8. texasmomma

    texasmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, it was quite traumatic last night. She was better today. I tossed the incubator chick in with the rest of them last night and he's doing just fine. I tend to be a gambler, so I'd try them under the broody. I like incubating with them way more than with the incubators. I stress a lot less. If that broody has been sleeping in the nest box, she's probably ready for some real eggs. Make sure she gets up to poop and eat once a day.
     
  9. Coop de Grass

    Coop de Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

    @texasmomma Funny things is that I removed the fake egg, and she kept getting into that box until yesterday, when she climbed into the box on the floor that 3 other hens use to lay, and sat on the fake egg in there! I am wondering what is going to happen when the others try to lay. Sometimes they line up out side, sometimes they climb over eachother... [​IMG]

    I now have the Brinsea Miniadvance going, and a Farm Innovators 4250 purchased at a local co-op - only 6 eggs in that one. Maybe I should put two under her just to see what happens! [​IMG]
    Oh well, at least I don't have to wait 9 months, just 21 days!
     
  10. ChickieMama2B

    ChickieMama2B Out Of The Brooder

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    Watching this thread.
    Would love to start some broodiness in this breed.
    Keeping an eye out for future flock potential.
     

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