Hen acting broody but still laying

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kittyariel, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. kittyariel

    kittyariel Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I have a polish that lays but insists on sitting on the eggs in the coop. My question is if I were to get her a baby or two fromTS if she would care for them?


    thanks a bunch
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Is she staying on the nest all day and night???
     
  3. kittyariel

    kittyariel Out Of The Brooder

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    no but she always is protective of the eggs
     
  4. kittyariel

    kittyariel Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone have any ideas? thanks
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Doesn't sound like she's fully broody, so I doubt she'd take on chicks. Full broodies sit day and night for at least 21 days straight, although some do get off the nest for about 15 minutes of food/water time. They puff up and kind of growl at you when you try to touch them. They usually pluck many of their breast feathers off to line the nest. When a hen is full broody, and has set her eggs for 21 days, some are able to "sneak" day olds under them so that the hen thinks they hatched under her.
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Probably she is not fully broody and would be unlikely to accept them. If you decide to try it, I would have a brooder ready.
     

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