Expectantly waiting

Treegod

Songster
10 Years
Sep 7, 2009
174
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Catalonia, Spain
It's come round to that time again. Over a week ago I started to collect eggs and store them to wait for a broody hen and it wasn't long before I had to wait. A couple of days ago one decided it was time to go broody, by this time I'd collected 9 eggs (a couple of days I'd put aside two not just one). So I have a hen setting nine eggs right now, never had that many eggs under a hen at a time before! Usually if there was a broody hen I just put whatever eggs had been laid in a 24h period, which is usually less than 9!

So, they're due on 23rd March, there or thereabouts. And as per usual it doesn't come soon enough! I get so impatient. I sometimes wonder if I'll ever get over the excitment, but I think if I did that I wouldn't have chicken any more!
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Well here's the hen in charge of the eggs, Hazel. We bought her three years ago and last year she co-mothered a chick with another hen. Caring and formidable (she's ferocious if her chicks are approached!) I think she'll do well this year.
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Treegod

Songster
10 Years
Sep 7, 2009
174
5
111
Catalonia, Spain
She's perfectly happy where she is. We've created a space with straw bales around her, covered with a wooden board.

She may look lovely but she's viscious! Last year when I tried to get her chick she'd attack me! It didn't help that she was co-mothering with a hen equally vicious. Not good for my hand but very good for the chicks
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Treegod

Songster
10 Years
Sep 7, 2009
174
5
111
Catalonia, Spain
'scuse my French but poobumwotsit!
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Just candled the eggs and found only one of them has developed. I put too many eggs under the hen at the beginning I think. Won't be so greedy next time
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Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

Fluffy Feather Farm
11 Years
Jan 26, 2010
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Texas, Panhandle
Yay for you!!! I am also a - waiting some chicks from a broody cochin bantam hen ...
I feel for you!!!
The due date for mine is March 29th and March 30th. She started out with 6 eggs but we were out of town last weekend and when we got back 2 eggs were stone cold. So she is left with: 2 green eggs 1 Buff Orpington egg and 1 bantam egg!!! Keep your fingers crossed for me ...
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muddyhorse

Songster
10 Years
Aug 11, 2009
2,447
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my hen is due about the same time she is a frizzle turken she has been in with the silkie roo so umm no idea whats going to hatch
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if you look closely you can see her beak
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MANNA-PRO

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