Broody Hen outside..

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SamSmith, May 22, 2012.

  1. SamSmith

    SamSmith In the Brooder

    SO a few days ago, my little buff orpington went missing. I thought she was a goner. Well guess what i saw yesterday while getting the chickens in? MY BUFF ORPINGTON, BROODING OUTSIDE IN A PILE OF STICKS!!!!!!!!! so now, what do i do?
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Do you have a rooster, meaning are her eggs fertile?

    If so and you're okay with her brooding babies, most advise putting her in something like a large dog crate where she won't be disturbed. Look around here, there are lots of threads about about to manage broody hens.
  3. SamSmith

    SamSmith In the Brooder

    We do have a rooster, but he is a bantam. She is a standard, but when we cracked open eggs before the big girls are fertile. So yes, some will probably be fertile.
    We are definitely okay with her and chicks! Thank you, we will find a cage around here for her :]
  4. poultry plus

    poultry plus In the Brooder

    May 21, 2012
    if your chicken gets broody i would put as many fertile eggs under her that will fit i did that with my duck and she hatched 9 eggs just a thought
  5. SamSmith

    SamSmith In the Brooder

    She already has 23, i counted LOL. [​IMG] she has been planning this for a month!!! LOL!!!
  6. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Or other hens pitched in.
  7. SamSmith

    SamSmith In the Brooder

    I might suggest that, but it was just buff orpington eggs, no other kinds :/
  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Twenty three eggs, all from one hen might be a no go. (I feel like I am raining on your parade) A couple of problems here, an egg that is 23 days old, is pretty old. I think 10 days is the standard limit. Also, with a very large clutch, the eggs on the outer edge, often are not kept warm enough, and the egg dies, but then the hen is constantly rotating and moving the eggs around, so the live ones are moved out and the dead ones are moved in, and in the end, nothing hatches. [​IMG]

    However, all is not lost. wait till it is close to 10 days from when you first noticed her gone, go down in the dark of night, and candle the eggs. If they are growing red blood vessels, they are alive, not, pitch those. If none are alive, all is not lost. Wait another 10 days, and again in the dark of night, slip new hatchery chicks under her. A broody hen with chicks is a great way to raise new chickens cause if you do it within the flock, there are no reintroduction issues.

    Now, the other (Lord, I am as much fun as old dishwater) problem, is that sometimes moving the nest. Some birds are pretty determined which nest they think is best. And will go back to that nest. But if you think saftey is the issue, again, move her in the dark of night, and confine her for a few days to make sure she is sticking to the new nest, and make her inaccessible to the old nest.

    I have personally tried all of these mistakes, and hope to help you get a successful broody hen, one way or the other.[​IMG]

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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Good advice from Mrs K!
  10. SamSmith

    SamSmith In the Brooder

    I definitly agree, the oldest eggs aren't going to make it, i just wish i knew which ones those are so the fresher eggs could get better incubation. [​IMG]
    I will try to candle, but i have absolutely no clue how [​IMG] never incubated before, three hens before have hatched out a chick each, but i never messed with them, i just let them set.
    Do u know how to candle? :D
    We had no problem moving the nest, she went along with it, and is still on it. I saw a black snake yesterday near her, and only had a rock on hand to throw on it, which didn't do much damage, and i was scared she would get eaten (or her eggs..) so we moved her inside this little house deal we set aside for raising chicks and starting seeds, she seems pretty content.
    Now i want to make it so she can get out and free range once a day, bc right now she is in a dog kennel inside a rabbit nest box (PERFECT SIZE [​IMG] ), we have a rabbit day- range pen we are going to let her come out in once a day. We will set the kennel in it and open up the door, and when she is ready to come out she can.

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