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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by grichard, Apr 26, 2016.
She started setting 4 days ago should I also giver her food or water
She seems persistent she was chased of but still came back
It is near impossible to move most setting hens, they will return to the spot, but not necessarily the eggs. A small percentage can be moved and will actually be looking for the eggs, you can try but be prepared to put her back.
I've had success___ and failures___ moving setting hens. The simplest solution would be fencing her in where she is, if there's a way to have her safe there. What works best for me; have a large dog crate, or familiar but private safe place, all set up with bedding, food, and water. Late at night, with a very small flashlight, move her and her eggs to the new location, and creep quietly away. Don't let her out if she complains the next couple of days, as long as she's setting most of the time. I've had one success this spring, and one failure, when the hen spilled her water all over the crate. Mary
Ok we'll see how it goes I'll keep u updated
Well I moved her into a dog kennel with all her eggs and she wants to get out now
Give her some time.
I moved a broody once, put her in another enclosure with a portable floor nest and some fake eggs.
She steamed and squawked and paced for the whole day, then settled in to the nest.
I waited another 24 hours and gave her some fresh fertile eggs....3 weeks later 7 out of 7 hatched.
She should have feed and water in there and enough room to get up and stretch and poop.
Good news she's back on laying in her cage with her eggs I have no idea on how she can fit 20 eggs under her
Good! That crate needs to be in a predator proof place, or wrapped in well secured hardware cloth! A raccoon can reach in and tear her apart! Her chicks will be able to escape and be killed too. Bitter experience here... Mary
Thank you Mary, for teaching me something new, I will be sure to try this, I've never tried confining them before, sometimes things just don't occur to me.