Broody Hen Thread!

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

  1. DarynA146

    DarynA146 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 1, 2014
    south africa
    My broody silkie is in her nest on her eggs but i touched he and she didnt even move. She didnt make a sound or anything
  2. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

  3. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Sorry my last reply got out of order. Trying to answer on my phone.
  4. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    No problem! Thank you! I'm planning on checking on them frequently like a nervous mother
  5. abserbean

    abserbean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2013
    Before I gave her eggs, my broody was performing perfectly. Sitting all day, but getting off once to eat/drink/relieve herself and dustbathe, than right back to the nest. Since I gave her eggs on Wednesday, I don't think she has left the nest.She may have snuck out yesterday when I wasn't looking, but if she did it was very quick, and I know she hasn't been out today. How long should I give her before taking her out to eat, etc? I'm trying to leave her alone to figure it out for herself, but don't want her to get sick. Thanks!
  6. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    Hi Daryn, my broody will sit very still as well but make sure she is leaving the nest to eat and drink daily so she doesn't become weak. My broody leaves the nest at least once a day.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2014
  7. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2013
    Hardinsburg, Ky
    Just gave my 1st broody Silkie some of her own eggs that were in the bator and are already on day 14. Snuck em in while she was out eating, and she seemed very happy!! She'd been sitting on plastic Easter eggs for 3 days. Lol
  8. Morrigan

    Morrigan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2014
    New chicken owner here and its day 21 for my broody hen. My first broody and I think I'm more nervous than she is. She's only sitting on 4 eggs, and my rooster's yet to achieve a 100% fertility rate, so I'm trying not to get my hopes up.

    But, when I checked on her this morning, I did see her reach under her and come up with a small piece of egg shell.

    Any more experienced chicken people know when a broody is likely to show you her chicks or at what point you should check under her?

    I've been enjoying this thread as a lurker, so I thought it was time to show myself. [​IMG]
  9. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    The chicks start showing themselves regularly after 24 hours. Before that it is infrequent. After 48 to 72 hours they get to be busy little bees.
    After 12 hours and again at 24 hours I usually check for shell pieces to remove them. But that is just a quick lift with one hand and grab with the other, I don't mess with the babies yet.
  10. Alwayswantchics

    Alwayswantchics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2012
    Phelan, CA
    My blrw is sitting on about 9eggs. She gets off to eat, drink, stretch. But the eggs get pretty cool before she goes back. She's been sitting for about 5 days. She is my first broody that I am letting hatch. Really not sure what to do.

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