Confession: I don't EVER want another broody hen!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gritsar, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I can't stand to see my girls suffer!

    My two silkies are handling their broodiness fine. They get up at least once a day to eat and drink and poop. I haven't seen them do it, but each morning some of their food is gone and they leave me a nice pile of broody poo, so...

    It's my SF "Doe" that's having such a hard time. She's been sitting for a total of 31 days now - 11 on her first (bad) clutch, now 20 on her second. She's due to hatch them tomorrow - and I can tell the poor thing is about worn out. She has food and water not 5" from her beak, but she is refusing to leave her eggs long enough to eat. Yesterday I ended up hand feeding her and holding the bowl of water in front of her so she could get a good long drink.

    I can't stand it! At this point I just want my sweet little pullet back! [​IMG]
     
  2. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is how I feel. After I had my sweet cochin die from sitting on her eggs I just can't let them anymore. I had both food and water inches from her but she refused to partake. However I didn't realize she wasn't until I found her petrified. Never again.
     
  3. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well you got to give em a break. they cant be on the eggs over and over again.That will kill them!! [​IMG]
     
  4. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Poor girl. [​IMG]
    I worried about my little Pyncheon hen, Veronica when she sat a clutch last summer. She was a fantastic mommy!
    I felt SO much better once they hatched and she HAD to eat and drink in order to teach her babies-that way I knew she was getting what she needed(of course, she always let the babies go first).
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    For now I'm just going to keep handfeeding her, a couple of times a day. Gonna cook her some scrambled eggs with cheese today too.
    She has until Monday to hatch something or get something from the bator or both. After that she has to stop this nonsense!
     
  6. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    She'll be OK, Kat, you're keeping a good eye on her and making sure she eats and drinks(whether she wants to or not).
    Once she has little ones crawling all over her, poking their little beaks in the eyes/face, she'll be as happy as a clam. [​IMG]
     
  7. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    [​IMG] poor gritty! As i recall, just a few months ago you were begging for broodies. I guess you get what you wish for.... Like the Israelites in the desert, begging for meat from heaven, and so God sends a bunch of quail down. Only problem, is that the quail makes everyone super sick and a bunch of people die.... at least, i think thats the story [​IMG]
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Karma is a...

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  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    A.T. Hagan :

    Karma is a...

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    Yeah ain't it though. [​IMG]
     
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    For the ones that are bad at self care, can't you pick them up once a day and set them far enough away that they will poop and maybe eat and drink? I also keep food and water close enough that they don't have to get up to have it. I still pick them up and move them, so they can poop. If they don't poop, they'll also stop eating and drinking. Poor dedicated moms...
     

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