Broody Hen - Kooky Idea of sticking "near-ready-to-hatch" eggs under bum?(Btw, I've tried it "all" -

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Squawk!, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Squawk!

    Squawk! Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2010
    Is this crazy? Don't want to lose a bird to our heat & dehydration! I have 2 Sultans and one has gone "attack and kill" broody. Already have them separated from my Golden Campine (long story) - I'd LOVE to get a few of those eggs fairly on their way along. I know - no chance:( The last try was to seperate the broody "Pip" from her sis to a wire-bottom cage. Besides acting nuts, she also still acts like she's sitting on an invisible egg (she also did this when I just kept taking the eggs out - her sissy is also still laying in the eglu nestbox. Thanks Sunny[​IMG]. The eglu presents its own problems for hanging food & H2O inside. She's not eating or, more importantly, drinking much. I should mention, it doesn't matter if there's an egg under her. She still is "you ain't taking my babies" mode.

    Anyway, I would like a couple more laying hens. My Campine lays decent - even at 3 yrs & the Sulties are just ridiculusly good at 3 also, dunno what the "experts" are talking about. Anyway, was thinking if she hatched a few youngin's, maybe she'd get off that nest (which I covered - didn't work).

    Would sticking some fertile eggs close to hatch be the fix? If I had known the ordeal I would have I would've just orded some Golden Campine eggs right away and let her foster them:( Regardless, it would hopefully fix 2 problems at once. Hubby has installed a "no more poultry in the house rule", so...)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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