Broody Hen Thread!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FarmerBoy24, May 1, 2011.

  1. kimmerjo

    kimmerjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Went out this morning and Luna had 6 eggs so Molly stole 2 of hers and must have laid one...so only one egg is behind the others!!! Yea I feel better.
     
  2. AVintageLife

    AVintageLife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So happy I get to join the Broody Hen Thread! Yesterday I set up the broody area and set my little Silkie Rosalinn on six little eggs. I had to move Rosalinn and the eggs to the broody area (secure from the other silkies and the bigger girls) and at first I was afraid she wasn't going to settle down on the eggs because of the new setting. After a very short while, she was back on the nest and now the count down begins....
     
  3. Hannahs Hollow

    Hannahs Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so Harmony is really broody now! The others laid their 3 eggs in the middle of the coop this morning rather then in an alternative basket or argue with her. My how she growls! Bo is back to laying eggs again after her hatch.

    I AM NOT GIVING IN TO HARMONY!!! No eggs![​IMG]

    Haven't moved the last 2 out yet as the youngest is 6 weeks. Way to tiny to defend herself. I find her under the 10 week old one in the middle of the cold floor in the furnace room complaining rather then under the heat lamp. Gotta stick together! I want to move them out at the same time.

    And now my RIR is moulting....[​IMG]
     
  4. Hannahs Hollow

    Hannahs Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] That Molly is a sneak one!
     
  5. Hannahs Hollow

    Hannahs Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome. You are in for the time of your life!
     
  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    LOL....you need to sit those little feather heads down and explain the rules of the coop....no more broody, no molting. Stick together. Get through winter. Lay eggs.

    Lady of McCamley
     
  7. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to the joys of broodies.

    Read a few pages back...there are some great tips and how to candle.

    Post questions as they arise, photos as they come.

    Good luck, and have fun. There's nothing like watching a broody mom at work. It's truly beauty in the making.[​IMG]

    Lady of McCamley
     
  8. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    So happy to hear that the egg swap hasn't made a total mismatch.

    Here's hoping for happy communal brooding.

    Lady of McCamley
     
  9. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    My broody Silkie is still mothering the 7 week old BCM chicks....but I've already pre-arranged with a breeder 6 Buckeye eggs for mid-April figuring she'll be broody again by then. (Usually takes her until the chicks are 10 to 12 weeks to go broody again)

    Hmmmm....what does this mean?

    Yea...addicted.

    Hopefully my broody gal will be in the mood.

    Lady of McCamley
     
  10. AVintageLife

    AVintageLife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I had a couple of broodies last year but had to purchase fertile eggs for them because we didn't have a rooster. This time around we have a Silkie roo and it will be the first hatching (fingers crossed) of our own eggs. I definitely need a refresher on the candling. Other than that, I tend to leave it to the broody.
     

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