here a broody ....there a broody

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jackiedon, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. jackiedon

    jackiedon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    I have 6 broody hens and one hen that just hatched out babies. I have put guinea eggs under 2 hens, and the other hens are silkies and they are mostly sitting on silkie eggs.

    jackie
     
  2. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Six broody hens all at once. Sounds like there are a lot of fluffy butts in your future [​IMG]

    Good luck !!! [​IMG]
     
  3. rise-n-shine-everyday

    rise-n-shine-everyday New Egg

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    Congratulations on your new babies!! I am a newbie here online, but am thankful to all who have taught me so much in the past months that I have been quietly following along.
    I am hoping that I can pass along some helpful information on the eggs you have placed under your hens. Our Auracauna recently hatched 6 out of twenty eggs. We made the mistake of not separating her and the other hens continued to lay on her nest. So once the six chicks hatched, after three days mama would no longer sit on the remaining eggs. So I placed the remaining eggs under a little broody bantam and broody silkie. The eggs were Auracauna. One hatched under the silkie...and to my horror found the little darling later in the day. The little one did not survive the obvious "pecking" of the silkie. She knew it was not her breed?? I sadly removed all the eggs as I didn't want it to continue if this is what the silkie would do. You may want to watch your eggs and mama chicken's behavior closely. Has anyone else had this experience?
     
  4. jackiedon

    jackiedon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    Thanks, I plan on hatching some marans and orps but I will probably put those in the bator.

    jackie
     
  5. jackiedon

    jackiedon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    The phoenix that hatched the babies had hatched them in a brush pile (we thought something had gotten her). We we knew nothing about them until she brought them out. The silkie that hatched the some babies, not all silkies, I snatched up and put in the brooder because she wasn't getting off the nest and I was scared the cats would get them.

    I check them everyday to see if they kick any eggs out and if they do I candle and if they are good I put in the bator.

    Thanks for the info.

    jackie
     
  6. rise-n-shine-everyday

    rise-n-shine-everyday New Egg

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    Again I am learning! Thanks Jackie, next time I will be better prepared and have a bator on hand for backup. I was hoping mother nature would take over, next time this mama will step in. [​IMG]

    Cheryl
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Why would a broody hatch a chick and peck it to death?
     
  8. Anne

    Anne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens sometimes don't recognize the chicks as their own young and think instead that the strange furry creature under them is trying to steal their eggs.
     
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Thanks, Anne. I am letting my BO hatch some eggs, and a silkie hatch eggs. I hope things work out, it's making me a bit nervous!
     
  10. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I have a hen with 3 week old chicks,a hen with 1 week old chcks.2 hens due to hatch late next week,2 hens due to hatch around 7-4, 2 hens due to hatch around 7-4, 1 hen fostering 11 silkie eggs(someone gave thenm to me and they are at different stages of development, and 1 hen waiting for me to give her eggs. They are out of control.
     

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