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First Time Around...Broody Hen Seems Committed!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by akcskye, May 23, 2007.

  1. akcskye

    akcskye Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Well, my RIR that I *thought* was going to be broody ends up just having broody tendencies...by that, I mean that she will guard a nest of 5 or more, but once it's night-time, she calls it quits.

    Tonight, however, I went to collect eggs, as I have a new job assignment temporarily and I knew no one went out and got any eggs yesterday...so I knew there'd be at least 9 or 10.

    Well, the familiar "brrrrrrrrr.....Churp......."

    One of my AUSTRALORPS, Heidi, is out there on my nest right now, guarding however many eggs are underneath her.

    So, I take it that an "all night watch" is a good sign, right?

    If she's not on the nest tomorrow night, should I go ahead and take the eggs so they don't spoil?

    I'm totally new to this aspect of chicken keeping, so any advice will GREATLY be appreciated.

    IF she hatches...they will be mix of Buff Orpington (all would be, we only have one roo) and either RIR, Australorp, SLW, or Brahma.

    Wish us luck!

  2. Freebie

    Freebie Songster

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    If you want her to hatch out some chicks, just let her keep them and see how it goes, Just remember that by about day 18, you are going to want to be commited, (to the mental hospital) cause you are going to go nuts. LOL

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