broodys and there bad timing!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CrazyChickensEverwhere, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have bad luck with broodys. Grrrr I have two hens that lay for a month, then go broody they raise chicks then they start laying and broody so on and so forth. Well they both are finally pickin up there laying after the molt and I really want them to raise me some chicks and now they decide they don't wanna brood! grrrr! Lol. And when I don't want them to, they decide they want babies I just dont get it!? anyone else lol
     
  2. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

    Nov 5, 2010
    Australia :)
    My ladies refused to go broody at all... till I sold the roos. Now I have a bunch broody and I broke up all my breeding pens a few weeks ago. [​IMG]
     
  3. amosygal

    amosygal Out Of The Brooder

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    They usually don't go broody in the winter (or are you from the Southern hemisphere?). All you can do in general is give them a nice breeding pen and make sure they have enough food and water. Good luck!
     
  4. RareBreedFancier

    RareBreedFancier Surrounded by Broodies

    Nov 5, 2010
    Australia :)
    amosygal is right, if you ladies have just finished moulting they likely won't go broody till spring. Mine have waited till the beginning of summer. I wouldn't have sold my roos apart from the fact they started crowing 3:30 - 4am and DH said they had to go! [​IMG]
     
  5. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
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    Ya i had bad luck with my favorite hen. She was a silkie/EE, she looked like a silkie and everything but laid a green egg. She went broodie twice and both times was when i was on vacation and the first time she went she was grabbed out of the box by my dog cause my parents left the coop door open. The second time she went broodie something went into the coop and took her and my other silkie who just hatched two babies and took both silkies and both babies. [​IMG]
     
  6. rirbrahma

    rirbrahma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't wait till mine go broody!!
     
  7. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did finish there moult. They brooded in winter before, but I guess I dont want to get my hopes too high [​IMG]
     
  8. macdoogle2

    macdoogle2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never had a broody until I got a roo. Sold the roo... no more broodies. Roo came back...three hens went broody.
     
  9. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hens don't go broody in the winter?


    Will you PLEASE explain that to the THREE Ameraucana hens that I have brooding as I write this? Or the broody that delivered chicks a few weeks ago.... I only have 13 Ameraucana hens -- and 4 of the 13 are broody (or have recently hatched chicks) here as we go into winter...


    I've got a regular broody EPIDEMIC going here!


    The first broody delivered three little chicks about a month ago.


    The second went broody while the first one was still brooding. The second broody should have delivered babies four weeks ago, but none of her babies made it. So I gave her four eggs from the henhouse with the active roo -- exactly three weeks ago today. (This is the same roo that provided the fertile eggs for the broody that delivered the three chicks a month ago).


    Well, in about 10 hours, it will be exactly 21 days (3 weeks) from the moment I gave broody #2 her four eggs. Right now, there is no sign of any baby chicks, even though I know for a fact that broody #2 has been dutiful sitting on her nest. The "maternity ward" consists of two large wire dog pens in my bedroom. So I KNOW she's been sitting dutifully.


    But thus far, I haven 't even heard a peep or a pip out of the nesting area where she sleeps.


    Meantime, with the maternity unit full, I have yet another broody brooding in the nests over in the Ameraucana henhouse. That makes FOUR broody hens out of the 13 Ameraucanas I got as babies last April....


    And despite the calendar, the 25 degree nights around here say it is already winter.


    So I WISH my birds would declare winter off limits for brooding....
     
  10. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    good grief mine go broody all the time in Winter:( I'd be fine with it if it were in Sept or even OCt but Not December or Jan! [​IMG]
     

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