Broody hen- due to hatch April 10!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mprivett, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. mprivett

    mprivett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so one of my hens, Rosemary, went broody!! This is my first experience with this- I would like to be able to let her do all the raising of the chicks. She has been full on broody since March 20. All I did was began to let the eggs accumulate, and after a couple of weeks or so her broodiness set in. I guess she's due to hatch on April 10? She's sitting on 10-11 eggs. I have one other Dominique hen and a Dominique roo. I've made sure she has food and water up in the coop (it is small and elevated on supports with a ramp leading up to it) since normally I keep food and water down underneath the coop in the run. I'm not sure if she is actually eating/drinking any food or water since I'm not there most of the day. I have seen her up off the nest for a little while at a time to go out and scratch with the others. When I offer her scratch from my hand while she's sitting on her nest, she does eat a little of that.

    One time she got up off her nest and was walking around all "puffed up" - I tried to reach out to grab her because she has poop all stuck to her rear feathers and she pecked me! I've also heard her growl at the other hen when it gets too close to her nest. Definitely doesn't want anyone messing with her babies!

    I'm wondering if I still need to separate her from the others? Or perhaps just contain the rooster and other hen somewhere else? I don't want the little babies to be pecked. I also need to get chick starter.....

    Any other advices or tips would be much appreciated. Thanks!!
     
  2. kandooshe

    kandooshe Chillin' With My Peeps

    You are doing a good job, but when hatching you should separate her and her chicks from the flock or you will see the chicks without heads !! yes without heads cuz chickens will kill and eat them

    good luck
     
  3. mprivett

    mprivett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks! I guess I'll have to plan on separating them somehow...
     

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