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broody hen-nest box

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nellynelly, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a broody hen that i want to let sit on a clutch of eggs. i moved her nest to an unused nest box within the flocks coop. the problem is they wont leave her alone. they all seem to want to lay ontop on her, and will push her out of the nest. the nest is now the most popular spot to lay

    can i build a box within the coop to house her and nest? i was thinking of ~1m x 1m. enough room for the nest and food/water, with a bit of space so she can stretch her legs.

    if the eggs hatch, when can the chicks be introduced to the flock?

    thank you.
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    This is what I do. I picked up a large bird cage at a yard sale, its my designated broody box. It has enough room for food, water, the nest and for her to stretch her legs and make her nasty poops (which I scoop daily with a kitty litter scoop, no big deal since she only goes once a day). I've found that after the hen hatches the eggs they're usually ready to come out of the cage in about 3 days. Some want out sooner, some later, but 3 days seems to have been the magic number for most of my girls. As long as your hen isn't super passive (read low on the pecking order) she shouldn't have any problems protecting the babies from the rest of the flock- though in most cases, in my experience, the other flock members are very eager to see and meet the new arrivals.
    As to why her nest has suddenly become the best place to lay......those other hens want their eggs hatched too. They know whats up and they want to make sure some of their genetics continue on. Good luck with your broody hen, I love mine. Its amazing how they just know what to do!!!
    Nikki
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Good advice.
    Also label all the eggs under her so you can remove any volunteers to eliminate a staggered hatch which usually kills the later ones when she gives up to venture with her brood.
     
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  4. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you keep the bird cage in the coop with the flock?

    basically sounds like my plan. i dont think i will try now (she has been broody for a couple weeks now), and i am afraid she wont sty on the nest. but will build a box in the corner, and wait for another girl to get that motherly feeling.....
     
  5. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    If you have fertile eggs or can get them, I’d try it. They are living animals so no one can give you any guarantees, but I’d expect her to hatch them.

    Good luck!!!
     
  7. nellynelly

    nellynelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not sure about the fertility of the eggs, in that flock we have 1 rooster for 30 hens. but i will give it a try.
     

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