Broody Australorp Now Mother Hen!!!!!! Lots and Lots of Pics!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Preservation Acres, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I've been wanting to let one of my hens hatch a clutch, and now I can.

    Yeah! Melbourne the Australorp is desperately trying to hatch 4 ceramic eggs.

    It's already getting cold in Tennessee, so I'm moving her inside, away from the other hens. I'm going to give her a dozen fertilized eggs from a neighbor who has roosters. She'll be in a small pen with food and water.

    I'm going to set up a comfortable nest for her in a box with her new clutch.

    Am I forgetting anything???

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    Last edited: Oct 29, 2009
  2. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump??
     
  3. Iceblink

    Iceblink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks good, congratulations!
     
  4. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Sounds like you've got it covered. Good luck with the hatch and I hope she's a good mom for you. Nothing neater than watching a broody hatch a batch of eggs.
     
  5. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    I would move her at night if you can. Good luck with your Hatch. [​IMG]
     
  6. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks folks!

    She's actually surprisingly docile toward me and other people, but she is a very friendly hen...typical Australorp.

    But boy oh boy, if another hen DARES to get near her and her ceramic clutch...she growls like a lion. I never heard anything like it.
     
  7. cbiblis

    cbiblis Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey looks good. I have jersey's to, mine are quit friendly as well. There a great breed. I think however that I'm going to sell my 3 hens and beautiful rooster. They are all laying ( i have a light in the roost) and the rooster is a noisy one. So if your interested I'm in Murphy just across the Tenn. NC boarder. I'll post pictures soon. [​IMG] Good luck.
     
  8. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's actually an Australorp, and is the kind of hen that will jump up on your lap.

    She let me reach under her to see if she had any real eggs along with her four ceramic eggs. She also let me pick her up without any fussing. For a while I wasn't even sure if she was broody, but when another hen came near her, she threw a complete fit.

    Also, when I put the ceramic eggs down after picking them up, she rolled them under her, so I knew she was broody.
     
  9. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    I had 2 broody australorps this summer. One was easy to handle, the other could get a little peck happy [​IMG] Both took excellent care of their eggs.

    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR GIRL!!!!!!!
     
  10. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like another poster said, do it at night if you can. I'd also cover her new home for a day or so after you move her and leave her with the ceramic eggs for a couple of days.

    I had to move my BR (nesting under the car trailer) and she wouldn't sit tight on the eggs afterward. She'd stay on for a half a day then come off, on them one night off the next etc. Anyhow, make sure she'll stay broody for you before you sneak the fertile eggs in. BR's aren't typically a broody bird so hopefully it will work better for you than it did for me.
     

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