Broody?

trumpeting_angel

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Feb 6, 2019
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They are all on the roost except Broody Buffy. The nesting area is blocked off so she is sleeping on the floor near the nesting area. Poor dear.

I put a call out on our neighborhood listserv, and someone only a quarter mile away has several sizes of broody crates! We meet tomorrow. I promise to disinfect intensely!
 

Mrs. K

Free Ranging
10 Years
Nov 12, 2009
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call local feed store - what is the earliest they get chicks? I did have a broody raise 4 in October, and at age two weeks, she raised them just fine at -20F.

Just kidding - you do what you need to do, I am just jealous, I did not have a broody hen last year. The first time in 12 years of raising chickens.

Mrs K
 

trumpeting_angel

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Feb 6, 2019
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Update:

Two nights and parts of days in the Brooder Breaker (she free-ranged parts of days) and she seems to be broken of broodiness! She was out with the rest of the motley flock all day with no attempt to go back to the nest! She is on the roost now with her girlfriends.

I had the cage set up on our enclosed porch starting tonight, as it is going to get very cold and I’m going to be away a couple of days. It didn’t work perfectly well - she spilled every water source I tried. I will have to get a bigger one next time.

Thank you all! So helpful, except you, @Mrs. K! Just kidding! :gig
 

trumpeting_angel

Free Ranging
Feb 6, 2019
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I had a small corner feeder that hangs. She pulled it all the second night. I tried a dish of water. It was empty in the am but for the poop. I gave her a snowball. Not sure what happened to that. She was very thirsty when I let them all out!

I tried to give her extra mash when she was out. She was very wary of me. Who can blame her?
 
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