Broody tries to hatch Tupperware container

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Heathercp, May 19, 2010.

  1. Heathercp

    Heathercp Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    Durham, NC
    We got our first chickens this spring: five adults, plus one mom and her four peeps. Well, wouldn't you know it... the babies have all grown up. Two were roosters and have moved out to the country, and the other two have just started to lay tiny little eggs.

    Evidently, Mama Toes (she's got really crooked toes) has decided that since her babies are all grown up, it's time for a new batch. She went broody on us.

    We tried to break her broodiness because we're really happy with our 8 chickens and can only have 10 in total anyway, but she's one stubborn lady-chicken. She was going broody, and that was that. We decided we'd better get her some eggs so she could do her thing and be done with it. Reading all the stories about chickens who stay broody for months and months made me worry about this one's health. We're in North Carolina, and it gets hot here in the summer. I didn't want her cooking in the nest box all summer long for a whole lot of nothing.

    The local chicken guy had four eggs for us (well, five actually, but I'm such a klutz I smashed one [​IMG]). We brought them home and tucked them under her and all was well.

    Because we were worried about Mama Toes eating and drinking, we attached a waterer to the ledge right outside the nest box - she doesn't have to leave the box to drink. And we put a small square Tupperware container with some feed and a few BOS seeds in the corner of the box. This morning when I checked on her, the Tupperware container was gone. Vanished. Poof! DH came out later and lifted her up for me. Guess what... Sometime during the night she'd decided that she could make baby Tupperware containers if she just tried hard enough. She'd scooted the little box to the back of her pile of eggs and was happily (if somewhat uncomfortably) brooding away. She didn't even spill anything. Amazing.

    So, is this normal? Or is Mama-Toes just an über-broody? Anybody else found some strange stuff under one of their broodies? Inquiring minds want to know....
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
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    That is hilarious!
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    She would love my roos,, they mate with dish liquid bottles, just think of the unique babies they could make!!
  4. WV_Hillbilly70

    WV_Hillbilly70 Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Nashville, Indiana
    tooooooo funny!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  5. Keri78

    Keri78 Songster

    Oct 17, 2009
    Just goes to show there's no stoppin a Mama that knows what she wants! Even if it doesn't make one bit of good sense!!![​IMG]
  6. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    I'll have to train my broodies to do that! Imagine the money I could save buying new tupperware containers. [​IMG]
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I once had a mallard/pekin mule that tried to incubate five green apples.
  8. Quote:Think of the names!! Dawn, Joy, Ivory . . . hee hee hee [​IMG]
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Kat, as soon as I read title I was thinking the same thing! Mate up this hen with Writer's roo and we can have some very interesting results!
    I guess this answers the question for folks that think leaving a bunch of eggs in the nest will make their hens go broody. As I've always said, if a hen is going to go broody it doesn't matter if there are eggs around or not!
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  10. chickenlittle1980

    chickenlittle1980 Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    can I have one of the Tupperware babies? HA HA HA HA [​IMG] [​IMG]

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