Broody Poop

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Crack N' Egg, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. Crack N' Egg

    Crack N' Egg Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    Flemington, NJ
    Hi there!

    I'm sure this has been asked before, but through endless searches I can't find my answer.

    I have a silkie sitting on 8 eggs. She's been on them about a 6 days now and I have a couple of questions. It's our first time doing this.

    1. She has been leaving the nest to poop. So the eggs have crusty poop on them as well in the hay. Should I clean out the nest and put new hay down???

    2. I was able to feed her by hand a couple of days ago, but now she is not accepting any food. And she obviously isn't leaving the nest because she's even pooping in it. I take her off 2x a day to put her to the waterer so she can drink. Should I just let her be and assume that if she gets super hungry she will eat?? Should I try enticing her with scratch (her favorite treat) or yogurt or something? I can't imagine that she can go another two weeks with no food.

    She is separated from her flock in another part of the coop, but is sharing it with 7- 2 month olds.

    Thank you BYC'ers for any input!
  2. monita

    monita Songster

    Oct 6, 2009
    Shelbyville, Tennessee
    I just put food and water near her nest so that she doesn't have to get up and if she does she dont have to go far. as for the poop.... i leave the straw and clean the poop with a cat litter scoop to keep it to a minimum. I try not to bother my broodies too much for fear that they will abandon the nest.
  3. Winsor Woods

    Winsor Woods Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Cascade Range in WA
    My Broody loves to eat hard boiled eggs. I mash them up and hand feed them to her.

  4. Crack N' Egg

    Crack N' Egg Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    Flemington, NJ
    Thanks for the replies. This is our first so I guess I'm just a nervous mommy.

    I'll try something special to eat and see if she takes it.

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