Broody Hen Thread!

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

  1. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    2 days on the nest after hatch isn't unusual... try placing the carrier into a corner where you can place a fence the whole way around it, then leave it open to allow her to come and go. If the carrier is too big to move you can simply do as you said and place the nest box into a corner and isolate it with chicken wire or something similar for the first few days...
  2. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    Question...2 eggs are still peeping and mom has left the nest with the chicks that all hatched yesterday. This is Day 21 but the others hatched on Day 20. I just set up the incubator and put them in there. They felt cool but peeping is strong. They haven't pipped yet...will they still hatch ok? Then I can integrate with mom, correct?
  3. Morrigan

    Morrigan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2014
    Thanks so much! After she gets comfortable going on and off the nest, my thought would be to take down the temporary fencing, so mom can start showing the chicks around outside. Sound right to you?
  4. DarynA146

    DarynA146 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 1, 2014
    south africa
    I think my silkies have a sort of insects on them, what can i do to take the insects away to make them and their coop clean. thanks
  5. PortlandHen

    PortlandHen Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 31, 2014
    Portland, OR
    That's pretty cute.
  6. abserbean

    abserbean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2013
    Thank you for your advice fisherlady! Even though I've had my hens for a while, I'm new to hatching. I did try setting her up an alternative nest, and she just climbed on top of my broody and attempted to lay while sitting on her. I removed her and put her in with the other girls. They actually are getting along fairly well for new flock mates, but she won't lay in their nest boxes. I hope she isn't trying to go broody too, would that make her super attached to a nest? She was broody last year in her pullet year, but didn't hatch any eggs. My other girls have never gone broody, but they are all hatchery birds and have probably had it bred out of them. My broody hen is a barnyard mutt, but I think she may be a cochin mix, which would explain her broodiness. Her coop mate is a heritage barred rock/welsummer cross (welbar), I don't know if they are a particularly broody as a type, but she was pretty determined to hatch eggs last year. If she goes broody before Lillie is done, we are going to have a mess!
  7. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Many folks have good luck getting incubator hatchers back with the broody (after they dry) if it is within a couple of days.... it is your best option at this point, though you may want to gather items for a brooder if you need it.
  8. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Yes, I like to let the chicks get used to mom's vocalizations for a couple of days, then play it by ear based on the broody's actions and watch how the flock reacts to her and the chicks so you can intervene for chick safety if needed. There will be some pecking and cheeping the first day or so after the chicks are amongst the flock, but they quickly learn which hens to avoid. If any hen is particularly aggressive toward broody or chicks you can address just that bird.
  9. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    You may want to post your question in the emergencies forums. Use the search tool above also and look up 'treatment for lice' and 'treatment for mites'
  10. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    I don't know that she is going broody, but she probably is just a creature of habit and doesn't like her routine being messed with. She will eventually pick a new nest box to use in the other coop. She doesn't have much choice. Even if she does go broody you can make her wait an extra week or so to keep the hatches separated a bit, or set her up in another broody area. It may take some creative organization though... In February of this year I had 4 broodies at one time... it got to be a bit of a real headache to give them their own spots for a few days, then we got lucky and two decided to raise their chicks together, and a week later when a 3 hatched hers out she was able to join the other two... so we had 3 hens raising 11 chicks together. It made our lives much easier on figuring out coop organization!

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