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Hens laying in the brooder! - Dumb or Smart?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bleenie, May 4, 2011.

  1. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I have 2 OE/EE hens that INSIST on making their way into the brooder with the ducklings & goslings to lay their eggs. I have covered the front with boards and put a plastic thing over the light but they knocked the thing off the light today to get in to lay. I have NO IDEA what their infatuation with laying in the brooder is, can someone try to explain this to me and help me figure out how to break them of it???

    See the pile of frightened babies? [​IMG]
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  2. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    i dont have an answer for you, but wanted to say that is one beautiful hen [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is cute... [​IMG]
    i also have to say i don't really see the terror in the duckies eyes.... [​IMG]
     
  4. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    It's really the 3 Goslings that scream bloody murder, the little Muscovy babies don't seem bothered by much, not even the dog's fat head in the brooder, lol. Thank you Desert Rooster [​IMG]
     
  5. Moonkit

    Moonkit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they have the same bedding in the nest boxes as the brooder has? Is there a decoy egg in the nestbox?

    edit: corrected a word.
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2011
  6. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    Yes there is plenty of eggs in the nest boxes. They were laying in the boxes before. It is the same bedding.

    I just decided it is very stupid for them to keep laying in the brooder, I also discovered why one of the hens tails looks weird. I went out to collect the eggs and the last hen got up and just about lit herself on fire with the heat light [​IMG] !!! Thankfully I was standing there and snatched her up so they only got singed a little but I don't want my girls runnign around with bald spots, the dummies [​IMG]

    I didn't want to have to modify the brooder so if ANYONE has any ideas how to break em from trying to get in there ot lay, please toss em out here!

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  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Uh, how about spreading some plain old chicken wire across the top, held down by bent nails at the corners so all you have to do is lift it away from the nails to get into the brooder?

    It will also keep babies inside .... As well as hens outside, doncha think?
     
  8. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is really Not Funny but.......
    did it smell like BBQ ????? [​IMG]
     

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