First broody hen, what to do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by flockof4, May 29, 2010.

  1. flockof4

    flockof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have our first broody hen and I am wondering if there's anything we can do to help the process along. It's our Buff Orp and she is about 6 months old. She started acting "funny" about a week ago and today she didn't leave the nesting box after she laid. Any suggestions or is this something we just have to wait out.
     
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can separate her from the rest of the flock in a broody pen with food and water nearby. That way no other hen will be able to bother her, scare her away from her nest, add eggs to the clutch, etc. Do make sure the broody pen is comfortable (in the shade), and secure.

    p.s. I forgot to ask...these are fertile eggs she's sitting on, right? You do want her to hatch out a brood?
     
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  3. flockof4

    flockof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not fertile eggs, we don't have a rooster.
     
  4. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Well, you need to get some fertile eggs for her to incubate, or put her in a "Broody Buster" to change her settings. See https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=181289 for details on that. If you want her to incubate fertile eggs, you can spend the time while you wait for them setting her up in her own little broody pen/house, somewhere separate with her own food & water supply. Try to make all her changes well after dark.
     

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