Broody Hen Thread!

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

  1. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    How wonderful for you!

    My only word of advice is keep watch that the younger babies are not getting trounced by the older ones...but since you have a heat lamp to go to for warm ups, there is little chance of them getting pushed out into the cold.

    Glad your hen wants to be a foster mommy...I agree with Fisherlady...they are worth their weight in gold when you find one.
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  2. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now that's a reality show I would watch!

    "Broody Wars" Talk about drama!
     
  3. Chicken-Man

    Chicken-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your head.... ~(*.*)~
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    ohh ok awesome!!
     
  4. tankgirl88

    tankgirl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL. So, today I noticed that one of my hens seems to be sitting on another hen head. Where ever she goes! I saw them in 3 different locations doing the same thing!! I am not sure it one hen is "trying" to sit on the other hens head, or if the hen being sat on is diving underneath her! Is this some sort of weird broody hen behavior? The one being "sat" on has her feathers all ruffed up and is making a funny noise?????? Anyone know what this goofy business is about?
     
  5. chiklee

    chiklee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last summer I had two broody at the same time Hatched together and they took care of each others chicks by the end of it all. One lost interest of motherhood and one hen took care of all 26 chicks. the rooster and the other 10 hens just let her do their thing and never a fight or injury. My chicken are speckled Sussex. So I would say let them together they will figure it out .
     
  6. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! She took care of 26 chicks? That's awesome, to say the least!!!
     
  7. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had hens do that in the nest boxes when I have 2 birds trying to go broody at the same time or lay in the same nest at the same time.

    If that is what you mean, then yes, they are competing to go broody or for the same nest.

    I've not seen it in the general yard though, so I don't know what you are experiencing if that is the case unless someone is trying to nest in a spot in the yard and the other is competing with her.

    Lady of McCamley
     
  8. LunarBug

    LunarBug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Faverolles hatched out 3 of her 6 eggs yesterday (though one was dead I think she squished it). She is still sitting on 3 eggs. When she feels as though they are no longer viable she will just get out of the box, correct?
     
  9. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    They are adorable![​IMG]

    She will most likely do that, though if she isn't sure she may want to remain on them longer than she should, if she doesn't get up after 2 or 3 days you may have to remove the eggs so she gets up with her already hatched out chicks. Mother nature kind of built in a 'safety buffer' for chicks by allowing them to not need food/water for the first 48-72 hours after they hatch... that time frame gives the mama hen a chance to remain on eggs which are delayed for whatever reason without the already hatched chicks suffering.
    Eventually though she has to get up and around to start showing the new ones where to find food and water. You can help ease her conflict by placing food and water close by so the chicks can eat and drink without her having to get up.... I often do that for our broodies.... just make sure the water is secured.
     
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  10. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want one of my hens to hatch their own babies sooooo bad!! They keep teasing me and staying in the nest all day, then changing their minds. Grrrrrrr!!!!! Lol
     

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