Broody hen! My first and hers! Umm.... help!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chookalina, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. chookalina

    chookalina Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2012
    Ok, so one of my hens has decided to lay on about six eggs, and while I discouraged broodiness all winter, it is now mid-march and I figured, well heck, let her give it a try.
    We have a dozen nesting boxes in the henhouse, 15 hens and two roos. I am dreadful with dimensions, but I would say the henhouse is about 100 square feet. Ok, it is a rectangle, but you get my drift!
    They have a fairly big outer run that they always have access to, in the spring and summer they are free range all day with acres to run.
    Now, do I have to somehow cordon off an area for my broody girl if she actually manages to hatch her eggs? Our roos are very randy, so I am thinking at least a few of the eggs are fertilized.
    And there is always food and water inside and out, with most of the flock staying outside now that the weather is a bit nicer, so she has access to nourishment.
    And once they hatch, they are in a nest that is a couple feet off the ground... should I put together a little floor nest for her? I have a milk crate that could suffice.
    She has only been on them a few days, so if I move her I don't think she will complain too much...
    All and any advice is so very welcome!!

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