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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by youngchooklover, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HELLO world,
    I'm new and i need your help. Ever since i picked up a chick at the Adelaide show i wanted to have one.
    Now I have chickens. We have a rooster, Spencer, who is wonderful. 5 (was 6) ISA browns: May ,Glenga, Gertrude, Grandma, Feathers and Short-beak (RIP) who are all were battery hens but are now free range and a Australian langshan bantam Betty and a Silkie hen, Jewel.
    However, none will go clucky. Betty did but did not succeed sadly and now today we got a cross between a Australian Langshan bantam and a Silky hen from a friend. She was clucky. She is siting on, well, none. We gave her 6 but she has put them around herself. What's up with that?

    SO please help
    and can you give some tips on cluckiness.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Do you mean "broodiness"? If that's the case, well, battery hens are not the broodiest bunch out there. I've had 40 and 3 of them did go broody and hatched chicks, but there are other breeds that are way more prone to broodiness, like Silkies. It also depends on the individual hen, really. Some are just more motherly than others. I'm sorry I don't understand your question about the Silkie. Did you give her 6 eggs or 6 chicks?

    Here is a very long, informative thread on broody hen hatches that you can look at that I'm sure will answer some of your questions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ody-hen-hatch-a-long-and-informational-thread

    Best of luck!
     
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  4. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    x2 but I will add that there could be an irritant. Have you checked for lice and mites? Some hens aren't good broodies and mothers. Do you have pleny of "lip" in the front of her brooder box? perhaps you can move her into a tighter/smaller space so that she CANT push them away?
     
  5. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    In addition does she have enough bedding/nesting materials? - [​IMG]
     
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  8. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you all
    I almost gave up on anyone replying
    Egalite it was 6 eggs
    and cattywampus yes they are all covered in lice and we don,t know how to stop them.

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  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  10. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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