Had to move broody hen and eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by flapjackfarm, May 30, 2016.

  1. flapjackfarm

    flapjackfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    My Old English Game Bantam kept disappearing. Come to find out, she had herself a nice little nest of 12 eggs in the overhang of our barn. I didn't feel it was the safest place for baby chicks to hatch, so I moved her today to a large dog crate in our garage.

    However, I'm nervous that she'll abandon her eggs. Can anyone give me insight on this breeds broodiness and likeliness to adjust?
     
  2. sumi

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    Did your hen settle down with the nest in the new location?

    In my experience with broody hens of any breed, they do not take kindly to being moved.
     
  3. flapjackfarm

    flapjackfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    She did end up settling in. Last I checked on her last night she ended up scooting most of the eggs underneath her. There were a couple hanging out, but I figured she would readjust and get them all.
     
  4. sumi

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    That's good to hear! My broody hens misplace eggs all the time, I just pop them back under them. Keep us posted on the hatch, please!
     
  5. flapjackfarm

    flapjackfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was happy! She was a little distraught at first, but she seems to really want to be a momma. I just didn't think it was safe for her to hatch out babies in an overhang where they chicks could fall. I wasn't even planning on letting my girls hatch eggs, but by time I found her, there had been a few days of incubating by momma hen!
     
  6. sumi

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    She sounds like a good broody and from what I heard OEG are excellent mothers. I have one (LF) with some chicks at the moment, she's awesome.

    You beat me, I found a sneaky broody hen years ago ONE DAY before her chicks hatched! All 12 of them [​IMG] She was hiding under a plant next to a path where I walked past her numerous time daily, none the wiser until I watched her one day and finally found her nest.
     
  7. flapjackfarm

    flapjackfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think she'll be a great momma.
    That's crazy!! They're so sneaky about it. They're in a fenced run and obviously their coop, which is a 16x17 2 story "barn". I looked all over! Then I released there is about an 18" overhang with a flat surface and sure enough, she was between floor joices in that overhang!
     
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    I would never have found her (your hen)!
     
  9. flapjackfarm

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    I'm not sure what made me think to look there!
     
  10. sumi

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    Ran out of everywhere else to look? lol Good thing you found her [​IMG]
     

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