Broody agitated,set to hatch tomorrow-so worried!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by peepmommy, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. peepmommy

    peepmommy Songster

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    So my broody is set to hatch tomorrow. I went into the coop today to let the girls out (broody is confined) and she was pacing back and forth, trying to get out of her pen! Usually she is very calm and sitting on her nest. I do not understand this behavior! She did let out a huge stinky poop. The other hens were watching her, like they couldn't believe how upset she was. Is she doing this because she just wants out or because she knows something is happening?? I am new to broody hens and I am worrying myself to tears!!!
     
  2. Soap Junkie

    Soap Junkie In the Brooder

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    I dont know anything about this, but I wish you the best! Did she go back on the eggs or is she still out having a fit?
     
  3. peepmommy

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    she settled back on the nest. Maybe i just caught her at the right moment. i am sitting on pins and needles, just hoping we get one little baby!!!
     
  4. Sweetlilbaby

    Sweetlilbaby Songster

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    Some hens do not like to poop in/near their nest when they are on eggs. Sounds like she was just trying to move away to keep her eggs and nest clean.
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    My broody hens do not like do soil their nest. I confine them as well, I usually leave the door off their cage so they can come and go as they please. If I leave the door on, I remove them from the nest once a day (usually in the morning since I'm home then) so they can take care of business. I had hens I've picked up off the nest almost let one of those icky poops go right on me because I didn't pull them at the normal time. They all pace the cage when they need to go to the bathroom. I'll bet that's why she was freaking, she want her nest site tidy. Good luck!
     
  6. peepmommy

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    Thanks for the reply. I am just so excited and worried myself! I am pacing too not knowing what to do! [​IMG]
     
  7. n8ivetxn

    n8ivetxn Songster

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    You have to let us see pics of those babies! [​IMG]
     
  8. peepmommy

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    As soon as they come out, there will be pics all over BYC!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. peepmommy

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    So I checked on mamma, no chicks today. I did hear a pop as she settled and realized a bomb went off! When I threw the egg out, she preceded to eat the left over goo! [​IMG] I'm just hoping to get one baby!!!!
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité

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    Well, I hope when I check in tomorrow you'll have a pic of a fluffy butt on here!
    Went through this already this week. My hen was kind and hatched out 8 beautiful chicks on day 19! Have another broody sitting and she was due 4 days after the first one. So I now have no idea what to expect. Really hope she hatches something.
     

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