Hen laying eggs in milkbox

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Zylstra4, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Zylstra4

    Zylstra4 New Egg

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    I have a hen that jumped into our milkbox this morning and has been there all day. The last couple days she has been fluffing her feathers up and making a lot of noises. Is she probably laying eggs in the milkbox and hatching them there? If so do I leave her in it or try to move her and the eggs? We would love to see her have baby chicks as this is a new experience for us.
     
  2. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh yes, sounds like she's "going broody"
    good luck!

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  3. donnaboydjones

    donnaboydjones Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awesome you have a broody mama and your going to have chicks.=)
    Is your milkbox in a safe area?
     
  4. Zylstra4

    Zylstra4 New Egg

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    It's on our front door step under cover. I am just worried it is soo small that its are for her to get in and out of for food and water. Should I bring food and water next to the milkbox?
     
  5. donnaboydjones

    donnaboydjones Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, I read on here to make sure to supply the mama with food and water. Can wild animals, cats or dogs get to her? Do you have a spot in your coop, garage or barn you could move her to? I would move her some where I knew she didn't have to worry about being attacked. You can still keep her in the milkbox. I usually set up a alone spot in my coop where all my hens can see each other, but where they can't mess with my mama to be. I set the spot up first, cover it in chicken wire to keep other hens out, then carry the mama and eggs to new location. Sometimes they get upset with me because ive disturbed them, but I just put them back on the eggs and they calm down and go back to sitting.
    How many eggs does she have under there? I'm sure its not to small or she wouldn't have picked it. Is it upright or on it's side?
     
  6. Lorettachick

    Lorettachick Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree, as long as she is safe she will be fine. I have a mama australorpe that sat on 11 eggs in a 12x12 nesting box and she hatched 7 babies, only lost one and the others just didn't hatch. I just moved her to a small pen when they started hatching. Just put her food and water nearby. Good luck!
     
  7. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    How Cool!!! Chicks on the front step!! Love it!! Please keep in touch! And we WANT PICS TOO!! YAY!!
     
  8. Zylstra4

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    Unfortunately the hen left the milkbox this morning with the egg in it and hasn't returned :(
     
  9. Sally Sunshine

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  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair &amp; Feathers

    Oh, well...... Hey, but she delivered you a fresh egg for breakfast - how cool is that!
     

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