broody hen stole a duck nest???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spish, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    im plagued at the moment by broody hens, i have one or two in every house so egg production has taken a big fall.
    i decided to take away eggs from any new broodys in the hope of breaking them, it worked so far...until now. i thought id broke a sussex hen who got broody over a single egg. every day i took the egg away (it was always anothers hens egg anyway) yet she'd still sit tight.so i did the wire cage trick..after three days it seemed to have work, so i let her back out in the field yesterday.


    well last night i notice my broody muscovy duck kicking up a storm in the field wanting to get back in her house but something was keeping her out, i thought a snake or cat or something, but no...it was the sussex hen, she'd kicked the duck off her eggs and nestled down to brood!!! i couldnt help but laugh! she didnt like me taking her off to let the duck back on but it had to be done...

    so today i go out to check...and she's back in there...but with the duck!!! they are squished up together on the one nest clucking and squeaking in time to each other. i guess i have no say in the matter anymore!

    on the plus side i have another broody on 10 eggs due to hatch tomorrow...should i take a few of the chicks and slide them under the broody.....?? she's determined but i want her back laying asap! if i skip out the 3 week broody time she should be back laying in about 8 weeks as the babies grow up..right? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2011
  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I can't imagine a muscovy letting a hen keep her off her nest! She must be one persistent chicken. As for the questions, I have never dealt with broody hens and chicks but giving her a few of the other hen's hatch would probably work and she might be done with the chicks faster than 8 weeks.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I'd leave her be. Gonna serve her right when "her" babies hatch, head straight for the water and give her a heart attack.
     
  4. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This post just makes me smile..lol I would try giving her a chick or two to raise.. If not she might try to swim after her current babies [​IMG]
     
  5. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    omg lol! She really is a determined little thing, I think she's a lost cause until she gets babies. Maybe she and the duck will divide the spoils, so to speak.

    By the way, please PLEASE post a picture of the two trying to out-brood each other!
     

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