Feed broody hen?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicken Woman, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    I have a broody that I got some fertile eggs for her to sit on . She is in the garage in a x-large dog crate where it is warmer. My coop is not insulated and it is pretty cold here.

    Should I be feeding her any differently than the other hens?
    They get layer crumbles,grit,oyster shell,scratch w sunflower seeds,oatmeal,greens and sometimes yogurt.
     
  2. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
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    When my hen went broody I fed her the same as the others sometimes I had to hand feed her ....I would place a small bowl of water and feed close to her....Good Luck ! It's exciting !
     
  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I feed my broody hens the chick starter. It is easier for them to eat and has plenty of good stuff in it. Though I make my own, it is still the same consistency as commercial starter and full of the same nourishment. Since they usually only eat once a day, they need as much good stuff in their body as they can get and that is what starter does. Packs a punch in a small way.
    I didn't like my birds to eat anything they needed for laying since their body is doing a different job when sitting on eggs. I adjust my feeding according to what they are doing like pets, breeders or layers and of course, broodies and mamas.

    I also give them scrambled or hard boiled egg a few times a week. I wouldn't worry about the weather if she is in an enclosed garage.
     
  4. Maryallison77

    Maryallison77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think feeding her the same would be just fine. I did spoil mine a little though while she was broody! [​IMG]
     
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
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    Mine had their regular rations available when they'd get off the nest for their daily break. If I gave treats to the others I'd be sure to take some to the broody so she wouldn't miss out. Other than that I didn't really go to any extra trouble for them.
     
  6. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will not require much feed since they are setting and inactive. Mine would leave nest at least once a day to poop and get a drink and eat just a few bites of layer pellet feed.
     

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