Broody Serama

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hawgon, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Hawgon

    Hawgon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many eggs can I let my broody Serama sit on? I have hatched alot of incubator eggs but never used a "real" chicken...Any advice would be appreciated. On day 4 with the first egg and she has 7 under her now.
     
  2. Becci

    Becci Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be sure she can completely cover the eggs and look as if she could fit a couple more. That's what I go by, anyways. Good luck!
     
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  3. Hawgon

    Hawgon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Becci-just one of those things where I am not sure what to do or not do.....trying to gather as much info as possible...
     
  4. Becci

    Becci Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Relax and let mama hen do the work! [​IMG] Have you separated her from the flock?
     
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  5. Hawgon

    Hawgon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, she is in a tractor with 3 other Seramas.(2)hens (1)rooster......
     
  6. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    The old time rule of thumb when hatching eggs under a hen (If the eggs are the same sized eggs that the brood hen laid) is 15 eggs.
    Fifteen eggs is what is generally meant by the old saying, "A hatching of eggs"
     
  7. Becci

    Becci Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some people separate their broodies, others don't. I personally have never had a successful hatch when they're left with the flock.

    The chicks end up being beat up or killed by the other hens,

    The developing eggs end up cracked,

    Or other hens lay eggs in the broody's nest box, the newer eggs get rolled underneath the setting hen, and this creates a 'staggered' hatch (eggs with different hatch dates) and the mama won't wait on all of them to hatch. (yea, marking the hatching eggs will prevent this)

    I have a 'mini coop' that we relocate our broodies to, but a dog crate inside the coop will work fine. Dog crates seem to work really well, because the hen can still see and socialize with the flock, so reintroducing her won't be such a pain.
     
  8. Hawgon

    Hawgon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my Serama coop. She seems to be doing well and I noticed her out eating and stuff this weekend. Kinda cool seeing all this nature stuff!!!

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Hawgon

    Hawgon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am still trying to figure out how to build or add a brooder box to my above Serama tractor....Any ideas????? Kinda worried when the chicks hatch how they will get down the ramp....Was suggested that when it gets close to time to put some food and water up in the coop and hopefully she will wait until they are bigger before they attempt the ramp....Thanks for all the info so far......
     

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