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Broody hen - When should I relocate?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pmhobia, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. pmhobia

    pmhobia In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2011
    My OEG bantam has her nest of eggs in the back of a truck. I added some pine shavings, but now when should I move her and the eggs? This is my first experience with a broody hen.

  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    I'm no expert but usually I move the hen and eggs during the nighttime once she's gone broody so she wakes up in the new area with her eggs and thinks she's always been there [​IMG]

    Goodluck [​IMG]
  3. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chirping

    Nov 15, 2011
    Welcome to BYC
    It's best to move the hen to a safe place 24-48 hours before she starts setting on eggs so that she will get settled in. A few years ago, I didn't follow this rule and the hen
    ended up terrified and trampling all the eggs. Obviously, in your situation it is to late, so leave her there until the chicks hatch then move her to a safe secure erea with her
    new babies. Moving them at night is best because it reduces stress. Good luck with your first broody!!

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  4. ck-newbe

    ck-newbe In the Brooder

    Dec 2, 2010
    Boone, NC
    Why is your chicken in the back of the truck???
  5. pmhobia

    pmhobia In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2011
    I have no idea why she laid them in the back of our truck when we she could have just stayed in the coop. [​IMG]

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