How can I push my hen over the edge?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gritsar, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It's been more than a week now - maybe even two weeks, I lose track - and one of my SFs is still sitting on the nestbox each morning when I open the coop. She sits for most of the day, doing the clucking/tossing hay around thing, and then comes out later in the afternoon to free range with the rest of her flock. She has all the signs of a broody - the puffing up, the growling, the knowing-just-where-to-land-a-bite, the stealing eggs, everything; she just doesn't sit all day. She's still roosting with the other birds at night and returns to the nest (same one each time) sometime early in the morning.

    I have plenty of eggs to give her and I kinda want her to go ahead and get started. How can I push her over the edge into full on broodiness? Should I go ahead and give her a clutch of eggs? I've been removing the pullet eggs from under her each day because I only want to hatch more brahmas. I've been waiting to give her a full clutch until I was sure she's serious.
     
  2. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

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    Could you put her in a dog crate and lock her in? I don't know if it would work, but I would try it.

    OT: I love your avatar!
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I can lock her up, goodness knows I have enough kennels, but I prefer to leave her in her chosen box. Every time I've moved a hen to a locked crate it's freaked them out (yes, doing it at night).
     
  4. clintwilson59

    clintwilson59 Songster

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    just leave the eggs in there, I'm sure she'll get completly broody.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Thanks. I am removing the eggs right now, because I don't want to hatch eggs from the pullets in that coop. I want to hatch from my LF brahmas that are in another coop. I've collected up 4 so far, when I have 9 brahma eggs total I am going to mark them and then place them in her favored nest at night. Hoping that will do the trick. [​IMG]
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

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    Here we go again. Gritty's gonna be overrun with broodies again! [​IMG]

    Gritty, you really need to make up your mind. First you want broodies, then you don't, then you do. You're confusing their little chicken brains!
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Well, as you know, I wanted a broody for years. Then too many to handle tried to go broody at once. Fortunately silkies are clueless little twits that couldn't get it right, so now I only have my three little chickateers from my SF. Then another SF tried to go broody and I (thought I) broke her. We were planning a trip to Florida and I don't trust my SD to properly care for the chickens while we're gone, let alone a broody. SD is as much a clueless twit as the silkies are. Now our trip has been put on hold, yet again, and since this SF wants to try, I figure why the heck not? If she's anywhere a good a broody as her sister was, I'll have some nice chicks from her.

    Makes perfect sense to me. [​IMG]
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Oh and I explained chicken math to DH last night. He told me to give her 4 eggs. Four eggs and only half can be expected to hatch, so I really needed to set 8 eggs, plus one more for good luck equals 9 eggs. I would have given her more, but she's a rather small hen and my brahmas eggs are huge.
     
  9. they'reHISchickens

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    I'd give her a nest of golf balls/fake eggs and see if that makes her stay put. THEN you can chance the real eggs.
     
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    *Ranchy is not touching this, even with a 40 foot, 2 stage, aluminum ladder*

    Sourland should be along soon to take credit.
     
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