First Timer: Feed Question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickchick, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. chickchick

    chickchick Out Of The Brooder

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    MY Buff Orp had gone broody several times this summer and I finally put some fertile eggs under her. This is day 12 and since then I have been hand feeding her in her box 1-2 times daily.

    My question is, how does a hen have the ability to not get up to eat or drink on her own for the 3 weeks she is setting? Will she get too fatigued and die from not eating? I don't assume that all hens are hand fed while they are setting, like mine, but I hope this is not interferance on my part...

    Any thoughts?
    Thanks
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Hens usually get off the nest at least once a day, to poo, and eat, and drink. You probably shouldn't feed her while she is on the nest. She really needs to get off the nest once in a while. If you feed her and water her on the nest, she might just poo in the nest, then the eggs will probably go bad.
     
  3. chickchick

    chickchick Out Of The Brooder

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    ohh, good to know, thank you!
     

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