Hen broody- do I have to isolate her??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HomesteaderMel, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. HomesteaderMel

    HomesteaderMel In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2011
    SW Florida
    One of our brahmas went broody yesterday. She is in a nesting box close to the floor and we have four eggs under her. I really don't want to move her, but there are threads that say I should... We only have one roo, and he doesn't bother her, and our broody hen is very defensive when the other hens try to take her box. I don't think there will be a problem with the other hens, as this particular hen has a dominant personality :) We free-range our chickens, so she is basically alone in the coop during the day, also.

    Any advice would be appreciated :) Thanks!
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I leave mine, I do mark the eggs in case someone sneaks an extra egg under her more then one or two days into incubation I can remove it.
  3. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i wouldnt move her, as long as you got food and water close by i would let her stay there. she wont let others bother her too much,, them broodies are pretty dang mean when it comes to getting to close lol [​IMG]
  4. Mum

    Mum Songster

    Dec 23, 2011

    What do you mark the eggs with, Fire Tigeris? Pencil, or something else? TIA
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    you can use pencil wax pencil crayon,, some worry bout it actually getting in the egg, but ive never seen ill effects from it. just dont make big marks that would cover too many of them pores that let air in and out. you figure how sanitary is that broodies butt [​IMG]
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    anything non toxic that wont wash off.

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