broody hen and odor

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chick_love99, May 16, 2010.

  1. chick_love99

    chick_love99 In the Brooder

    May 12, 2009
    I have my first broody hen. It is about day 21, nesting in a hen box. She is VERY dutiful. I have only witnessed her off the nest once. I am frequently home but of course I cannot say for sure. I too have been mutually dutiful. Feeding her treats and making sure she has enough water. Otherwise, I have not felt inclined to intervene. Physically she looks good as do her eggs. BUT - she is starting to smell a little, shall we say, greasy? As if she could use a dust bath. Should I be concerned? (mothers first) I don't feel inclined to pull her out of her nest box, I can't make her take a dust bath and the chicks should be coming soon...
    Any advice? I mean, should I intervene in some way?

    (also, I'm new to the forum and did a preliminary search but couldn't find any help per se. hopefully, I did not miss the obvious...)

  2. windtryst

    windtryst Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Do not do anything now...too close to hatch! Leave her alone...she will be OK
  3. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Songster

    You could set up a private indoor dirt bath for your broody. Fill a sturdy box or basket with 3-4 inches of plain potting soil. My girls love this luxurious break from the nest![​IMG]
  4. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Has she been pooping the nest box? I hope not.

    Broody poo is definitely malodorous. At first I looked around to see if there might be a horse that slipped into our yard without my noticing.
  5. chick_love99

    chick_love99 In the Brooder

    May 12, 2009
    a belated thank you to all for the information.
    her eggs are still clean (no poop). I put a dust bath bin next to her nest box but no interest as of yet. and no eggs hatching yet (today is day 21). i guess it can take longer... broody hens are truly amazing. i would be mental by now.
  6. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Quote:I totally agree! I gaze in at my two zombie broody hens frequently throughout the day in shear admiration. If I was required to basically play "Quiet and Still" like we did in elementary school for 21 days straight in order to have a baby, you better believe I would be adopting!
  7. chick_love99

    chick_love99 In the Brooder

    May 12, 2009
    I am the daughter of chick_love99 and I just went out to the hen coop and took an egg out from under our hen and felt something moving inside! I got my mom and we both went out and took all the eggs out individually and found two eggs with tiny holes from the inside out; we also heard them pecking at the inside of the egg!
    Happy happy, joy joy!!!

  8. rosalie

    rosalie Hatching

    May 17, 2010
    I am the daughter of chick_love99 on my own account.
    Good news:
    Two eggs have hatched! 1 is a pure bred spangled sussex and the other is a cross between a spangled sussex and a buttercup! They are adorable! Rosalie, the mother, is very content and a good mother. We hope and think that 1 more might hatch! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  9. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    Congratulations! How many is she sitting on?

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