Broody hen, bad spot.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sylviaanne, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Crowing

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    One of the chicks I hatched last May is going broody but she is sitting in a basket that is part of a stack of baskets and there's no bedding around the egg. I found an egg there the other day but didn't know who laid it. Still might not have been this hen. Anyways, I saw her on this basket making some odd noise and looked over to see what was going on. She was moving an egg around on the little squares of the basket. I asked her if that was her egg and slowly reached as if I were going to take the egg and she bit me.

    I could be wrong but I think that means she is going broody. This egg is not going to hatch sitting in a basket with no bedding under it. It will only be warm on one side, the cold can get to the bottom side.

    What I am wondering is: Do you think I can move her into a cage and she will continue to lay or will she be so upset that all she wants is to get out.

    I did this with another hen last summer but she had finished laying her eggs and all I had to do was keep her penned in the cage for a couple of days for her to get the idea.

    Please, let me know what you think.
     

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    If you want her to hatch, set her up in a safe spot and see if she continues to sit for a few days......
    ......if she does, give her some fresh fertile eggs.

    Otherwise you could break her in a broody cage like you did the other one.

    Might want to remove the baskets no matter what.
     
  3. Sylviaanne

    Sylviaanne Crowing

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    I guess it wasn't what I thought. I found another egg in the same spot when I went to lock them up last night and no one was keeping them warm. I guess she was just laying an egg and didn't want me to bother her. Sigh... I had hoped someone other than the geese was going broody. LOL Thank you.
     

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