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I have a broody hen sitting on eggs, I want to move her away from the flock.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by daisylaines, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. daisylaines

    daisylaines Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I have a broody hen sitting on eggs and I want to remove her from the flock, along with her eggs. Is there anything I should know prior to doing this? Will it matter to her if I handle her eggs? Thanks!
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    The less you handle the eggs, the better for them so you don't add oils or bacteria from your skin. Gloves can help.

    I like moving her at night so she won't move.
    My preferred method of moving to broody quarters is to warm up some fake eggs to about 100 degrees and put them in the new nest. I then move the broody to the new quarters on the fake eggs. If she doesn't freak out, I let her get accustomed a bit. I then collect her incubating eggs and replace the fake ones.
    The reason I do the fake ones is if she goes ballistic she won't break the real ones.
    Needless to say I have skittish birds.
    If you have a calm broody like a silkie, that step probably isn't necessary but I like the idea she isn't off of warm eggs more than a few seconds at a time.

    It's nice to have an incubator as a backup in case the move doesn't go well but that has never been a problem for me.
     
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  3. daisylaines

    daisylaines Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your advice! It does happen to be a silkie, I have 34 birds too many roosters atm and I am getting rid of them and attempting to restore the peace that once was in my coop - but I would like her (the broodie silkie) to have peace and comfort and see what happens!
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

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    Even though I've had setters with the flock several times, I like them to have their own quarters. No eggs get added, no eggs stolen by other hens, the broody doesn't care about the flock anyway and I can feed the broody and chicks a more appropriate ration different from what the flock is getting.
     
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