Broody and poop

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ckjohnson04, May 5, 2016.

  1. ckjohnson04

    ckjohnson04 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all. I'm new to this. I have a broody who we decided to give eggs to and she took right to them. (great!!).
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    I haven't witnessed her get off the nest in her first day and a half. I know she could be doing it quickly and grabbing a bite to eat and drink. What bothers me though, is I don't see or smell any poo. I checked the front of her broody box - nothing. I pulled her off the nest - nothing.
    Is this normal to not poop for 24-36 hours?
     
  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Broody hens get off the nest usually once a day to eat, drink and poop. They like to keep their nests clean. Since they only go once a day, it is a very large, stinky dump. She probably got up and went when you weren't looking. Don't worry about it. :)
     
  3. Morrigan

    Morrigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have broody hens that are so reluctant to get off, that they do end up fouling their nest. For those hens, I physically take them off the nest at least every other day to make sure they stretch their legs and take care of business.
     
  4. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Also happens if she has young chicks and she doesn't want to get up for the first day or two.
     

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