Broody Hen Thread!

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

  1. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sweet girl sitting on her eggs faithfully waiting for some babies!
     
  2. sweetbeak

    sweetbeak Chillin' With My Peeps

    How sweet, I hope you have many hatch for her
     
  3. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! She has 17 under her, but she won't have to raise all of them. Lol Fingers crossed!
     
  4. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

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    Has anyone ever seen a broody help a stuck chick get out?
     
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I have not yet...to date. Not that I am aware (I don't have a mini-cam in the broody hutch to watch a hen as the chicks hatch.) @fisherlady have you ever seen a hen on your cam help hatch a chick???

    I have had a last chick pip, peep furiously, but found it dead in the morning, cold and abandoned as momma took care of the others that had hatched first.

    I have always believed that the broody hen knows if the chick can't survive the rigors of hatching, it likely won't do well as a chicken.

    I'm curious as to experiences of others.

    Great question.
    Lady of McCamley
     
  6. DarynA146

    DarynA146 Out Of The Brooder

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    Day 5 today and my broody silkie is happily on her eggs[​IMG]
     
  7. Basil G

    Basil G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can hear tapping and cheeping coming from my broody's eggs!
    Has anyone tried artificial incubator vs. broody? I'm doing both right now and was wondering is anyone found one better than the other. Everyone one will get raised by a hen, but has anyone compared the hatch rates?
     
  8. Ellaluvsbirds

    Ellaluvsbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying to get a bantam hen to set on eggs. If she does I will put Indian Runner Duck eggs under her. Fingers crossed!![​IMG]
     
  9. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Question...today is Day 18 for my broody eggs. Will she go into lockdown (meaning not get out to eat or drink) or will she still come out when the eggs are hatching? I gave her the coop to herself now. Hope she doesn't miss the other hens. I figured it would be best to give her a few days alone before the kids come...lol! I'm soooo excited!
     
  10. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

     

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