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Broody changing nests!

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

  1. Island Juli

    Island Juli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ugh! So frustrating!

    She sat on one nest for two days with 2 fake eggs under her. On day 3 I put 2 eggs under her to hatch. Only 2 because it is her first time. She sat all day on them. I go out this morning and she's in the next nest box on 2 fake eggs. The fertilized eggs were cold.

    I think I'm going to let her sit on the fake eggs. I have 7 eggs in the incubator due in 2 weeks. If she's still sitting then I'll give her a couple of the chicks.

    Wonder why she likes the fake egg more? Two of her sisters have 4 chicks 3 days old, another sister is sitting nicely on 3 eggs due on the 18th.

    Interesting that all 4 sisters (just shy of 8 months old) all went broody at the same time.

    My two new mommies and their first hatch.


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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the two nest boxes look the same your hen most likely just went to the first one that had eggs. I doubt it's a matter of fake or real eggs.

    It's a common problem to have broody hens get on the wrong nests. To prevent this I find ways to make those "identical" nest boxes visually different; a cloth draped on top, different nest bedding, a small board placed in front, etc. Chickens are not the brightest bulb in the house, but they can recognize the obvious. Last spring I had two identical nest boxes several feet apart and my silkie managed to get mixed up and ruined her eggs by getting on the wrong nest.
     

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