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Broody Hen issue any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pcreel, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. pcreel

    pcreel Out Of The Brooder

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    I found my polish under a shed, she was missing for five days :( Oh my she has 6 eggs on plain concrete. One was broken and she had yolk on her feathers and the rest of the eggs. Should I clean her and move her and the eggs to the nesting boxes where another brooby is? Will she continue to sit? Are the other eggs ruined due to the broken egg contamination? Crazy Girl... Any Suggestions? I'm green to chickens 7months in and this is my 2nd broody hen noticed in two weeks,
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I would bring her inside and give her a bath and blow dry. I'm not sure what the weather is like in Florida right now, but if its not nice and warm, you want to make sure she's completely dry before you put her back outside. I'd also ditch the eggs as well, if they got egg stuff on them, they're contaminated and all of her sitting will most likely be for nothing. If she's got a way to access the shed again, you might want to cage her so she doesn't find her way back. It'll prevent her from messing with your other broody or the other broody messing with her. Good luck, at least you found her!
     
  3. pcreel

    pcreel Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes pretty hot here. Ok did just that. I put her in a carrier kennel in the nesting house for now. A couple eggs seemed ok. Could i lightly sand the others?
    I could post pics maybe they are not that bad? The other broody hen seemed cranky to see her there so they are seperated.
     
  4. pcreel

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    I'm also missing one more Dominique hen. Maybe she's body and hiding too. Wonder why all three went body at once? The other is a Plymouth. She decided to sit on a variety of eggs. Plus her own. She has 12.
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    In my coop, it always seems like broodiness is contagious. One gets the notion to sit, then everyone else catches it too! Then I don't get many eggs :/
    I've been extra diligent about collecting my eggs. I have Silkies, so any eggs left to sit encourages the little fluffy turds.
    I hope you find you Dom. She probably just found a really good hiding spot!
     
  6. pcreel

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    Yes my son usually collects the eggs and lately has slacked off. Guess this explains it. The polish that i put in the carrier broke another egg and is not sitting just standing she's most likely unhappy. Guess I'll set her free. I would of really liked to have a couple more crested tops. Oh well.
    I'm still looking for my Dominique. I read where a woman thought she had lost one and some time after she found her with a bunch of chicks. Maybe if i fine her I'll let her be. Since moving the first one didn't work out :-(
     

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