Broody Chook Found Sitting On A Dead Sparrow

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Queen Fluff, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. Queen Fluff

    Queen Fluff New Egg

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    Hello,

    I'm not sure how she managed this, the sparrows usually fly into the coop to get food so maybe one ventured too close and she's pecked it breaking its neck. She's been broody for a few weeks but she hasn't got any eggs, she just sits on the nest and gets grumpy if I pick her up so I've generally left her alone. Today I checked underneath her and she was sat on the dead bird, It was a small baby sparrow but wasn't decomposing yet so couldn't have been there too long. I threw it in the compost.
    Has anyone come across this before?

    Thanks
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Never heard that one before.....weird.

    If you don't want her to hatch out chicks, best to break her broodiness promptly.
    My experience went like this: After her setting for 3 days and nights in the nest, I put her in a wire dog crate with smaller wire on the bottom but no bedding, set up on a couple of 4x4's right in the coop and I would feed her some crumble a couple times a day.

    I let her out a couple times a day(you don't have to) and she would go out into the run, drop a huge turd, race around running, take a vigorous dust bath then head back to the nest... at which point I put her back in the crate. Each time her outings would lengthen a bit, eating, drinking and scratching more and on the 3rd afternoon she stayed out of the nest and went to roost that evening...event over, back to normal tho she didn't lay for another week or two.
    Water nipple bottle added after pic was taken.
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  4. Queen Fluff

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    Hi aart,

    Thanks for your reply. I'm starting to take her out everyday now and giving her some grain in the garden, she'll usually have a peck around and fluff her feathers before making a lot of noise and returning to her nest. If I can find some fertile eggs I might let her sit on those as she obviously wants babies of her own to nurture. She once managed to escape from the back garden and walked down the street to where a rooster lives before the neighbours brought her back. So long as she doesn't kill any more sparrows I'll be happy! Silkies certainly have a lot of character.

    Cheers
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You should decide soon, and be proactive either way.
    She's already gone beyond the 21 day incubation time......
    ......letting them sit and sit and sit without eggs to hatch out can really degrade their condition and health.


    You'll need to decide if you want her to hatch out some chicks, and how you will 'manage' it.
    Do you have, or can you get, some fertile eggs?
    Do you have the space needed? She may need to be separated by wire from the rest of the flock.
    Do you have a plan on what to do with the inevitable males? Rehome, butcher, keep in separate 'bachelor pad'?
    If you decide to let her hatch out some fertile eggs, this is a great thread for reference and to ask questions.
    It a long one but just start reading the first few pages, then browse thru some more at random.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/496101/broody-hen-thread
     

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