Broody gone bad....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Camelot Farms, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista


    OK...Harriet (18mo old silkie) tried to brood all summer. She would brood a bit, give up, brood a bit, bail out. But fortunately there was always another chicken somewhere brooding and I could just put her give-ups under there and save them. Well, in the beginning of November, I see her brooding again. Considering her p-poor brooding record, I didnt think much of it figuring she would bail and I would just have to discard the eggs since it IS winter.
    Well, 21 days later she hatches out one of her own babies and a MFC. I am waaaaaay impressed at that point....

    ...however, today (3 weeks later) I drop into the barn and find her chicks shivering and quivering while mama is up on a box snuggled with her barn-mates.

    So now I have chicks in the house. I SWORE I wouldnt have chicks in the house. No dust, no smell, no CHICKS.

  2. ChickenWisperer

    ChickenWisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2008

    Just wow. I don't know how I would react, honestly....
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, maaaan. I'm sorry to hear that!

    The saving grace is that three-week chicks won't need as MUCH time in the house.... Oh, and you will be able to gentle them a bit more, with your frequent contact, unlike chicks raised wholly by a hen.

    ....just tryin' to put a good spin on it....

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