broody ex-battery hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thereseiam, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. thereseiam

    thereseiam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, what are the chances?? I have an ex-battery hen who is acting broody. She is always on the eggs when I go to gather, and doesn't want to move to let me collect them. Today when I reached under her, she pecked at me for stealing her eggs.

    What are the chances that she would actually raise a chick?

    Should I leave a marked egg with her and see if she'll hatch it out? I have two roos with my girls, so chances are good that it would be fertile--I'd think, anyway. I've never caught either of the boys 'in the act' but I am guessing that if they are with their girls, they're mating, right?

    I'm not exactly sure what breed of hens these battery girls are, they are the smaller, leaner type like most egg layers, are light buff colored, with read specks throughout. Some have more red than others.

    Anyone good with breeds willing to take a guess as to what they might be if I take some pictures?

    Therese
     
  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    I always get a kick out of how purposeful hens seem when they set.

    If she is healthy & you don't mind more birds, why not let her set? I'd put 4 or 5 under her. That way you are likely to have more than 1 chick. That's better, in case you have to brood them yourself.
     
  3. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    I've been told at a battery hen welfare trust, they are hybrids between Sussex and RIRs, I'm not 100% sure on this.

    I would let her sit, it'll be a good 'experiment' to see if ex-batts are good broodies and mums. [​IMG]

    eggsrcool [​IMG]
     
  4. strangeanimal

    strangeanimal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    uhm I know that this an old topic but even google keeps sending me to BYC :confused::lol: , ok so why I am at this topic in fact , I own now a few ex batts and got some more of them too , a few are better feathered and less thin and a few are the opposite so now I have just noticed on one of the new ones who has been first living out already and doesnt come straight from the cages she is acting kinda weird too as what looks to broody behavior , she was laying immediately after her arrival also along with other girls , they are well taken care off and now I see she is sitting on eggs and collects them too , is that just a short phase because she is happy or what am I supposed to thing of that ?? no hissing and growling to me yet so far and still able to collect the eggs without getting beaten up by these huge mamas lol :) but it is weird because I assumed that these never go broody because first of all they are hybrids and secondly are not raised with the love of their moms and not to mention the fact how they were kept ofcourse but Now I did notice on some footage inside a battery that some of these girls indeed tend to go broody EVEN IN THOSE BATTERIES !!! ??? whut ???? any ideas ? opinions ?? ps : IF broody they will be broken because they need to put their energy into themselfes right now , are not in the condition to hatch and I can't put them trough that now , so just checking to be sure here ... thx
     
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