Early Broody... What in the world!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mommto3kiddos, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my Banty Dark Cornish hen has gone totally broody.. She hasn't laid since Monday before last! She refuses to roost, I only see her leave the nest box once a day around 10am! She isn't aggressive when I go check for eggs, but refuses to budge so Im shuffling around under her for eggs..

    Thing is she is just barely kissing 6 months old [​IMG] - And I don't even have a roo...

    So I must ask... A friend of mine has a broody full size americana and has offered me some eggs from her broody to give my girl to set on and maybe hatch.. My question is can a banty sucessfully set, hatch, and raise a full size chickens eggs???

    Let me tell you this girl is determined....

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  2. slurrywidow

    slurrywidow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My broody momma that just hatched out 4 babies last week was very young too. About the same age. And now I have a new broody, also barely 6 month old sitting on some eggs. I thought that was very young but so far so good. As far as bantams hatching full sized eggs I know people use silkies to do that very thing all the time. Good luck.
     
  3. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    My silkie was hatched in Nov, and raising babies by June. She was a great momma too. I say give your girl some eggs, good luck!
     
  4. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a little buff orpington gal who went broody at 5 months and 1 week of age. She successfully hatched three baby chicks (whose mothers were the same age as the buff gal) two days before she turned six months old, and was a great mother to the babies.
     
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  5. sunlitmoonlight

    sunlitmoonlight Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeap, I also suggest place some fertile eggs under her. Chickens are very clever and know when its time to do some mothering; some mature earlier than others. They are best happy when raising chicks [​IMG]

    Good luck and enjoy
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  6. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol u have got awesome luck whne it comes to broodies so i would put fertile eggs under her but make sure she is covering them all and is comfortable my isa brown comfortably keeps 16 eggs and she is currently broody 3 days left
     
  7. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    She will be fine with full-sized eggs. I have a little serama who pretty much stays broody and has hatched quite a few LF Brahma chicks. It's funny to watch because in just a couple or so weeks the babies are as big as momma!
     

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