Can someone help with Broody Hen Questions???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 1mommahen, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    I have a Cochin gone big time broody. Have fertilized eggs coming tomorrow [​IMG]

    The coop she is in is small with 3 other cochins. Can I put her in by basement in a dog crate? Is it best she stay with her roomates? They keep sitting in the same nesting box as her so I don't know how many eggs she has. When should I put the new eggs under her?

    Thanks, just when I thought I understood chickens they throw me another curveball![​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2009

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I'd separate her if she'll accept being separated. When your shipped eggs arrive, let them sit a few hours to come up to a warmer temp, then put them under her. She may snap out of her broody spell if she's moved, but that's a chance we take. If you do not separate her now, you could do it when the babies start hatching/just after they hatch.
  3. sewincircle

    sewincircle Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    Central New York
    I agree with Speckled hen. In case she does snap out of broody when moved, I would warm up the incubator. (just in case) I cant seem to break my broody girl no matter what I do. [​IMG]
  4. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    She's pretty snippy so I really don't want to move her but I have to get the others to stop nesting with her. I guess that's what I have to figure out today.

    Is there a good time to slip the eggs under her, or doesn't it matter? Thanks for your help. Any suggestions are more than welcome![​IMG]

  5. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Sewin, I can't even get her to budge so see what's under her. I just wish it was fertilized eggs! I have blrw eggs due tomorrow so we'll see.

    It feels like Christmas all over again![​IMG]
  6. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

    Oct 16, 2008
    move the OTHER chickens and leave her be, then..

    I like to set or switch eggs at night..
  7. okiehen

    okiehen Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Its best to move her and add eggs at night.
    Best of luck, I love the broodys.

  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I have a broody cochin too and one of my faverolle's sits on her and keeps pulling out her feathers on her head! [​IMG] She looks just horrible! Good luck! And no it doesn't really matter when you put them under her. Did you say there was already eggs under her? If so when those hatch she will prob give up on the other eggs.
  9. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

    Mar 20, 2008
    Hangin she has 1 fake egg and one of her own non-fertilized eggs. So hopefully I can pull them out when I put the others in. DH is already working on modifications to the coop as we speak [​IMG]

    Can't imagine life without him!

    I'll keep udating as we go along. Thanks all![​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2009

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