Broody Hen Thread!

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

  1. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Gracie rearranging her eggs (Day 18 according to my video label)
    and this was in Mid January, 2013... and it was darned cold in that coop! I was amazed when I got to watch her over the camera at just how 'not gentle' she often was in rearranging things!

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    and here is hatch day... just a snippet to show the peeps do get out and about, even though it is only about 20 degrees or so, she had her wings full with this bunch!

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    and here are the chicks at 4 or 5 days old out with Gracie for their first meal worm treat time...
    it was either Jan 31 or Feb 1 and about 25 degrees F in the coop... I think I was feeling the cold more than them!
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  2. tankgirl88

    tankgirl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once I saw them do that right by the outside of the coop door, once in the coop in the corner, under the nesting boxes. The other time was in the nesting box
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

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    @fisherlady What kind of set up did you use for your webcam?

    I'm envious....and have a techie husband who might take the bait. [​IMG]

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  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

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    It is probably competitive nesting/laying/brooding. Just watch. If it is outright aggression, you'll see evidence of that by pecking...but it just sounds like competitive brooding/laying to me.

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  5. zinkie

    zinkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

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    Treats are okay for babies as long as it doesn't replace (memory here) 10% of their total feed? Maybe it's 20%.

    You want the babies eating their chick feed with all the nutrients and not filling up on snacks.

    So a little is fine, just not too much. (Sort of like human kids).

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  7. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

     
  8. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

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    Agreed...and by junk food that would be the cracked corn scratch...high carb but low nutrient.

    Although during really cold weather some crack corn is good to help them maintain heat....but you have to be careful as the kids will gobble the "candy corn" and not eat their dinner. [​IMG]

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  9. zinkie

    zinkie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya, I was trying to give it to mom and she called them over and shared! I was like "oh NO" eat your food..... Its ok for her to eat the medicated chick starter... right???
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    They are too cute. My first hatch! And in 20 degree weather no less!
     
  10. Hannahs Hollow

    Hannahs Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone! my name is Sophia and I am 8 weeks old![​IMG]
     

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