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First time w/ broody hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by derby, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. derby

    derby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my first broody hen. I don't have any fertile eggs. Should I just let her be broody or try to interrupt it? I tend to think I should let nature take its course and eventually she will give up and get off the nest. Would you let her be or try to get her off the nest? I could also ask around and see if anyone locally wants their eggs hatched.....

    Derby
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I couldn't break mine so waited her out. It took her 3 months. She lost a fair amount of weight. She did regain it, though, and lays an egg nearly daily now.
     
  3. Momtofive

    Momtofive New Egg

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    Three MONTHS??? One of my 5 hens has been broody for about a week now. We don't have a rooster so she isn't going to hatch anything. We been picking her up and tossing her out of the nest box and gathering the eggs. Then she at least is out for a little while to eat and get some air, but an hour or so later she's back sitting on an empty nest - poor misguided chicken...
     
  4. Laffindog

    Laffindog Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm glad to see this post. I have a little banty hen who is just sitting on straw and I'm never sure what I should do with her. I throw her out of the coop sometimes and she sits there in a daze for maybe a minute, then she seems to wake up and eats frantically for a little while. I go back out and don't see her, find her sitting in the nest box again. This has been going on for a little more than a week. So she will come out of it on her own eventually? It won't mess her up psychologically for me to throw her out sometimes?

    Poor chickens!
     
  5. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    OH come on guys get them some fertile eggs. I had 3 silkies go broodie on me. 2 of them gave up after about a week or so but one did not so I gave up hope of her coming off that nest and just gave her eggs. OMG she is so happy with her new jobs. She gets up and turns them on her own and we put feed and water in with her and she eats and growls and drinks and turns and just is doing a great job. I am tempted to try with the other 2 letting them sit on a few eggs and then swapping the eggs with little chicks.
     
  6. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you need some fertile eggs to put under them you can always try Craigslist. People are always selling eggs for eating on there and you can just ask if any are fertile and what kind of chickens they will be. I found some fertile black cochin eggs this way for $5.00 a doz.
     
  7. Laffindog

    Laffindog Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, the little banty hen died today. My son found her this afternoon. [​IMG]
     
  8. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow, id love to have a broody! [​IMG]
     
  9. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    Quote:That is exactly what I did when my black cochin went broody. She wouldn't quit the egg box even though there was nothing there so I stuck one of my day olds under her in the night. She was so happy and took great care of the chick. The chick grew up and she is back to laying normally.
     
  10. whitutis

    whitutis Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:i am sorry for your loss.
     
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