- Mar 23, 2010
I have my first broody and she of course set herself up in the worst place possible in a bin under the roosts. Today, I was gentle trying to clean her nest and was preparing to move her nest area when she spooked and jumped off the nest. Her eggs are disgusting. Caked with poo. I didn't know what to do, since all of the broodies we had when we were young free ranged and when we came upon a nest it was usually very clean. This is her first time being a Mamma, so I don't know if she has been defecating in her own nest or if she is getting off the nest in the evening while the others have already been roosting. It is kind of funny, because that is an area of the roosts that the hens previously were not using until about 4 days ago. Figures, silly chickens...Anyway, I don't know if I should somehow try to clean them or not. I don't want to keep disturbing her, and I don't want to damage the eggs, but don't want problems with bacteria either. Thanks for any advice!