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Broody BA

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tangles88, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. tangles88

    tangles88 Hatching

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    Hi everyone,

    One of my BAs went broody. I was removing her for a couple of days but she really wants to be a mother. I have separated her from her flock and have sectioned off an area for her. I made a broody box (see picture). I let her stay on there for a day to make sure she was committed before putting a dozen eggs under her. I put 8 Australorp and 4 Lavender Aracuana eggs for her to hatch. She was really pleased when we did this. I was wondering if someone could assist with a few questions I have.

    First, the Australorp eggs I have are from Black Australorpes with a Splash rooster. Will this give me Blue Australorpes?

    Secondly and more importantly, my hen doesn't seem to be interested in food or water. I think she may have come out but I don't see any poop anywhere. The other day, I put some water in a bowl in her box and she drank it all. I also put some food in the box and she had a little of it.

    I was reluctant to keep water in her box in case she spills it and gets water in her nest and spoils her eggs. It was a little damp when I put the water in there the first time.

    I haven't seen poop for 2 days.... She has been in this box since last Friday.

    Should I be worried or will she be okay to get up and walk out the box for food & water. The food and water is just outside her box.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Songster

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    it may take her a few days to get in the groove, I have a molted java that wont get up but once every couple days. keep the food and water atleast five feet from her, this will encourage her to get up. I have yet tohear of a broody so determined to hatch chicks that she starves herself to death. my Java just went broody again for the third time this year!!! put a dozen eggs under her last night :) good luck with your BA!!
     
  3. tangles88

    tangles88 Hatching

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    All good. She came out the other day. And just as your reply came, she was out again. This time I saw some of her nest material on her feathers and feared that she stepped on one of her eggs. My fears came true....
    I cleaned up the nest. Cleaned each egg with water as best I could. Some still have nest material and cracked shell on them. She is back on the nest with 11 eggs now....
    Hoping that the rest are okay.
     
  4. tangles88

    tangles88 Hatching

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    Oh and thanks for the well wishes. Hope yours goes well too
     

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