Broody questions...Help!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dragonlili, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. dragonlili

    dragonlili Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    At day 22 patient weeks, my broody little Dutch hen has hatched out 5 of her six eggs. She looks exhausted. Well, silly me, I saw some eggs on Eggbid, hoping to continue. How long will a broody stay on her nest? Will I be pushing it to put those eggs (6) under her or should I put them in the bator? I have had 2 cochins and 2 silkies and she is the first hen that I've ever had go broody! Should I give her some boiled egg or something to get her strength back up?

    Six weeks on the nest sounds really long... I know by my 6th months of pregnancy I was ready to be done!

    And of course, the little itty bitty fluffy butts are adorable!
    Thanks,
    Cat
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Personally I would not push it. Being broody takes a lot out of a hen. If she is looking exausted..let her just be a mom and enjoy her babies..and incubate the next batch of eggs.
     
  3. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Are you letting her raise the chicks? If so don't give her more eggs. If not, why not let her raise the chicks?

    Let her eat what she wants. She will probably get off the nest soon and will eat whatever ration is in front of her.
     
  4. dragonlili

    dragonlili Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 hatched on Sunday morning, another had pipped that afternoon, and when I came home at 8:00 tonight, there were 5. She has been up for intervals, prior to the hatching, of course. I have the whole family in their tractor, so if dad can behave, I will probably keep them there. He has been very protective of Binky the whole time, moreso since the hatch. Chases all the other girls away from his tractor.

    I've read about Dutch being good mothers, but not about the roosters. So I'm up in the air about keeping them all together.
     
  5. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Side note: Is N Mid Tennessee near Clarksville?
     
  6. dragonlili

    dragonlili Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yES, THAT'S WHERE I AM!
     
  7. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Three tours at Ft. Campbell. Retired now.
     
  8. dragonlili

    dragonlili Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your service. We're missing our boys now, most of Post is deployed.
     
  9. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

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  10. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I wouldn't chance letting a roo stay in the tractor, its just too risky IMHO.
     

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