Gone broody - what will I do now?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nellie, May 14, 2010.

  1. nellie

    nellie Out Of The Brooder

    May 15, 2009
    Hi - my light sussex hen has been hanging around the nest box for a couple of days. Tonight when I went to put the chooks to bed she was in the nest box. When I took her out she was on 3 eggs and has plucked the feathers from her chest. I am happy to let her sit on 3 eggs but I am a total newbie to the idea of chicks so I have a couple of questions.

    The coop she is in has 7 hens and a rooster. There are two nest boxes.

    I have an ark that is not in use but could be brought to the same area.

    So - do I leave her where she is?
    Do I put her in the ark? If so what will I provide for her nest - she is on shavings just now.
    Do I remove her forcibly to make her eat and drink or leave it near her.

    I'm trying so hard not to get too excited - I've hoped for almost a year that one of them would go broody (hurrah)

    ANy help would be much appreciated.
    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009

    You may want to move her, but do it at night when she is super-sleepy.

    Put the food and drink close to her, so she doesn't have to move, if she doesn't feel like it.

    I like to put the hens in big boxes filled with shavings. Like the lettuce or fruit boxes you get when you go to warehouse or bulk grocery stores.

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