Broody hen

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by glorianel5, May 23, 2011.

  1. glorianel5

    glorianel5 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a girl maybe a red, who is just sitting all day.
    She comes out for a meal and a dirt bath, but she just wants to
    sit all day. Friend told me to get her some fertile eggs to hatch.
    Im fine with babes and I have the room any one try this?

    jen
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Yep, all the time. I have a bunch of chicks running around that my broodies hens have hatched out.
     
  3. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

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    Yep I also let my girls hatch all sorts of eggs [​IMG] Good luck
     
  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    nothing funner in the chicken world than a hen with chicks! Only problem, 21 days takes forever!
     
  5. CariLynn

    CariLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just make sure that the eggs she is sitting are indeed fertilized, as my little broody Cochin was sitting 3 eggs that turned out not to be. I found that out when I candled them around 15 days, so we let her sit the remaining 6 days and the day they were due to hatch we bought 6 three day old chicks and put them close enough to her that she could hear them and then that night we slipped the 3 bad eggs out form under her and put the 6 babies back. By morning when I went to check on her, she fluffed up twice her size, gave me the stink eye and when I went to gently lift her breast feathers to see if I could see the peeps, got pecked for my trouble.

    It is a JOY to watch a hen and babies...nothing more endearing or more fun.
     

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