Hen went broody for first time. Is she too late??????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Msbear, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    I have a young hen who's broody for the first time. Will she stay on the eggs for the duration or do they sometimes bail from the nest halfway when they're newbies?

    She's a cochin so I hope that'll help. Also, It's gonna start getting real cold here in WV over the next couple of weeks. Is this family going to be living in my laundry room or will they handle the temps fine??

    Should I get an incubator ready in case she bails?
  2. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I haven't had any hens go broody but I have had quite a few ducks go broody and the only time they ever gave up was when the eggs were bad. I think she'll stay.
  3. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I had a six month old pullet grow broody. Most of her eggs hatched a week ago but I am squeaking out another week from her before I let her quit, because someone gave me some serama eggs and I don't want to try them in my styrofoam incubator. She is sitting tight and concentrating hard, and keeping good condition, and not pooping her nest. Those cochins are great!
  4. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    Thanks guys. Im hoping she'll stay on there. I'll add some fresh shavings tomorrow to help insulate her fluffy rump:)

    Onthespot, I wish I had some of those mille eggs under her [​IMG] Im keeping my eye on you. Talk to you this spring!!
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2008
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    My dad has a standard cochin hen that went broody at about 6 mo. old. She now has 6 beautiful baby chicks. She got off the nest more often than my hens did, but she really likes her food!
    She did turn out to be a not-so-good mama, though, and has since been confined to a tractor, instead of free ranging with the others. As long as she is kept by the chicks, she takes very good care of them.
  6. kpborkowski

    kpborkowski In the Brooder

    Jun 12, 2008
    Chelsea (Vic), Australia
    Our Pekin Bantam Rosie went broody at around 7mths and we were given some fertile sussex eggs by a friend for her to sit on. She did a wonderful job and only hopped off the nest for about a half hour each day to eat, drink, poop and of course have a quick dust bath (it's amazing what you can squeeze in in only half an hour:lol:

    On the 5th October all 5 chicks hatched. They are now 2 weeks old and Rosie is still doing a wonderful job teaching the babies everything she knows. It's such a great sight.

    Sorry I can't help you on the weather situation as I am in Australia so we are now in Spring (yeah things are finally warming up)

    Good luck I'm sure your girl will do just fine.
  7. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    Thanks everyone. She's doin great. It's funny. I thought she wasn't turning the eggs so I was turning them the first day then marked the x and o on each side and checked later...sure enough she's not as immature as I had assumed. All the eggs are warm and cozy and being turned:)

    Though I haven't seen her get out of the nest once!! I am going to string a light in the coop for really cold nights. We got our first frost last night so here it comes.

    And darn you Aussie's!!! We don't want to hear about spring in a time like this!!!! [​IMG] We're gonna be busting frozen water dishes for the next 5 months!!

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