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Broody Hen Thread!

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

  1. fisherlady

    fisherlady Overrun With Chickens

    Sorry the last hatch was so rough, much better sounding with the new round other than the sneaky egg.
    Hens seem to make an art out of hiding eggs and apparently retrieving them also! Sounds like that may have happened... you are already doing the best option from what you described... fingers crossed that you manage to find the little one some friends.
     
  2. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wound up with 1 lonely chick awhile back. I was like holy cow! Its gonna be freaking out ALL the time!! Lol So I put a stuffed kangaroo in the brooder turned upside down, like laying on its face, my chick is a happy little camper! Sleeps under it, snuggles it, sits on top of it. U could maybe try something like that? I should have a few more hatching Monday, so then I'll just add those. The kangaroo is covered in poop, but I've used it several times. I just rinse it off really good with a water hose, then toss it in the washer. Looks brand new, & can be someone else's buddy!!
     
  3. annanimal

    annanimal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a lonely chick as well three days old. I have him in a brooder but he does get lonely so I added a hot water bottle with a fuzzy cover and he LOVES it!
     
  4. julie0477

    julie0477 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hot water bottle is a great idea! I did try a bear and he/she didn't care for it. I found someone near by with day old chicks. I think the best solution for me is to just get a buddy. Poor thing. Thanks everyone for your help! I'm still baffled about how this little thing hatched but oh well. I'll probably never know.
     
  5. julie0477

    julie0477 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Funny end to my story. I DID get another chick friend. Then I realized wait... Why doesn't mystery chick have a comb? What is that bump on its head? It's not an EE chick it's a flipping orphaned wild turkey I found in my yard! Lol I gave my actual chicken chick to a broody hen who is very happy now, and I'm sending my baby turkey to a friend of mine that rehabilitates wildlife. And she has turkeys. I'm such a dork. Mystery solved.
     
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  6. luvmypets

    luvmypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its ok :hugs at least it goes to a good home!
     
  7. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LMBO! That sooo sounds like something I would do!!! Glad u got it worked out!
     
  8. LisaLouHoo

    LisaLouHoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha. Reminds me of the ugly duckling story. Happy ending for that little turkey.
     
  9. abserbean

    abserbean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody is finally starting to calm down! She has been like a crazy chicken with her chicks, pecking us and acting super aggressive. She's been a great mom though, so we kind of let her bad behavior slide. I was starting to worry that this was her new personality though, but the chicks are five weeks old now and she is doing much better. Today she even squatted for me and for my son! I notice signs of her starting to "wean" the babies, although she is still looking out for them and calling them for treats. Last night only four of the seven slept under her, the other three roosted beside her. Also, she is now eating treats herself. She used to just call the chicks over but not eat any, but now she's taking her share. How soon after "weaning" does a hen start to lay eggs again? Also, Iv'e noticed that the ones that I know are pullets are more independent, and my for sure roo still sticks to mom super close. Yesterday he was separated from mom and was totally freaking out! I have to find him a new home soon, hopefully he can move okay!
     
  10. sonderah

    sonderah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Him's just a Momma's Boy!! Lol
     

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