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Broody and poop

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

  1. ckjohnson04

    ckjohnson04 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2015
    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!!).
    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 Overrun With Chickens

    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

    Apr 9, 2014
    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 Overrun With Chickens

    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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