broody hen and odor

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

  1. chick_love99

    chick_love99 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 New Egg

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations! How many is she sitting on?
     

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