Broody too long!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FisherMOM, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    My broody has been this way for 2 months now.

    We take her of the nest and make her go outside. We put her on the roost at night. I have blocked her nest box and she goes and finds another. I cannot break her.

    Is it too late in the year to get her some eggs to hatch? SHe is making me insane! Talk about a pigheaded chicken! geeesh!
  2. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    Maybe I should have posted this under behaviors... sorry.
  3. Heather J

    Heather J Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2008
    If she's good mother, it's not too late to give her a few eggs. Some people in climates like yours have had chickens go broody in the middle of the winter and the chicks were fine--it all depends on the kind of mommy your hen will make. Sounds to me like she's determined to be a really great mommy.
  4. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    Might as well give her what she wants! She sounds determined.

    I'm always afraid they'll get bored after a week and stop being broody. But yours sounds like she might be ok!
  5. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY

    I'm thinking I might ask PP to send me a few Polish eggs! They lay white eggs and that is what we want. Of course any roosters would get re-homed.

    After dealing with a sick chicken this week.. I just don't think that I can cull any roosters. Especially not Polish ones!
  6. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    oh yeah, I even caught her sitting on a freshly laid leghorn egg one day!!! In a different nest box! [​IMG]
  7. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Quote:I wish you lived closer to MO, I would sell you my 2 polish I have left, we don't have any girls. We have a beautiful Buff bearded polish and a golden polish both are gorgeous. My daughter is showing them Oct 18th then they are for sale. I don't know a thing about shipping live animals, but you sound like you would give them a great home!

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  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Is she setting on eggs? or just an empty nest? I would put a few eggs under her, just long enough for the new babies you need to get for her to arrive!! [​IMG] I think it is too late for her to hatch her own eggs, but day old chicks would take right to her, and be feathered pretty well by the time it gets really cold!
  9. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I threw the eggs she was sitting on out a month ago.

    I'm thinking Midnight is going to have to just get over this on her own. She is on an empty nest now.. and I can't order from a hatchery. I only want 2 maybe 3 chicks... not 25.
    Good idea though if I was willing to grow my flock by leaps and bounds!

    JMajors. sounds like you have roosters.. I can't own any more roosters. Those Polish roos are gorgeous birds though.
  10. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I suspect you guys are having this cold weather as well, Fisher. Not exactly hatching weather. [​IMG]

    Maybe pour her a little corona with a twist of lime and get her to forget this nonsense broody business until next spring... [​IMG]

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