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Had to move a broody hen Question!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AhBee01, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    I had to move my broody hen, all the girls we trying to lay in her nest, so I waited a few days to make sure she will stay and yesterday there were broken eggs and they ate some!
    The real eggs were only in there 2 days so not much development I'm sure.
    We moved her late last night and she went right to work and made her own nest.
    I have her alone in our brooder box. My question is, it is still pretty cold, so we have to keep all the doors/windows shut, which makes it dark in there day and night. will that be ok, or should I put some king of little lighting in there for her. I will open the door for her to get light when it is warmer but is too much darkness bad?
    We never had one go broody this early! Today it is 42. Not going to get any colder so they say!
    Here in Ohio it can snow even at the end of April!!!
    TIA
    Brenda
     
  2. nataliewt

    nataliewt Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering the same thing. I tried to set up my broody in a small windowless ante-room off the main chicken area of the barn. She wasn't too keen on it, and snuck back into the main area where she is sitting on the main nest. I'm going to try to secure the "brooder room" better and try again tonight.

    Good luck!
     
  3. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    Thanks! Mine is in a separate barn, so she can't get bacck! I just dodn't want her to suffer any ill affects from being in the dark!
    Brenda
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't think she would get up too eat etc. unless there was some light at least part of the time, would she?
     
  5. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    That is what I was wondering?
    Maybe I can find a piece of plexiglass to put in the window.
    If not some clear plastic. I want her to be happy!
    It's just too cold to leave the window/door open! It has hardware cloth screen but it faces the weather!
     
  6. cowman910

    cowman910 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont think the cold will bother her that much.....being in the dark is much worse
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree, I'd leave the air coming in before I would leave her in the dark.
     
  8. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    There is enough air and ventilation. I will find something that leaves the light in and not the cold. If I kept the one window open it would blow cold air right on her!
    Thanks
    Brenda
     

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