I sense pandemonium in the making

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by gritsar, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I've wanted a broody like...forever. Didn't happen with my brahmas. No, I go into the brahma coop and all is quiet and peaceful. My brahma girls not only don't object to me reaching in under them on the nestbox, some of them are so helpful they'll stand up for me to steal their eggs. I never like to bother a hen on the nest, but I've learned that these hens could care less.

    So I got two silkies in my next order. Two silkies should be enough to fulfill my need for a broody; especially since we now know that both are female.

    When I ordered the latest birds I chose birds based on their tolerance of our weather or because I thought they were pretty or both. Turkens, salmon faverolles, speckled sussex, easter eggers, all pretty birds that should handle our climate well. Never once did I investigate the potential broodiness of the breeds. I didn't care. I had already admitted defeat and ordered silkies. The meaties in the coop with the rest of the babies provide me with eggs now and then, but who cares? They are happy being meaties. At least I never have to worry about them going broody, right?

    The younger birds have been laying for about two months now. Still pullet sized eggs, but they're getting there.

    Today I go into the baby coop. Time to collect their little eggs. Such a peaceful and enjoyable time for me, except... I have a broody meatie sitting on the nest, growling at me. A SF that sat on the nest all of yesterday evening and all night long. She was still on the nest this morning and has the most awful screech of any bird I've ever heard. There's a turken on another nest, trying her best to blend in with the hay and snapping the air in front of her and a silkie, walking around in the center of the coop singing the eggsong sans the egg. Everywhere I turn in the baby coop I'm either being screeched at, bit at or both.

    Only then did it occur to me to check Henderson's Chicken Chart and what did I find?:

    Naked Neck (turken): can be broody; good mother

    Salmon Faverolles: can be broody

    Speckled Sussex: good brooder & mother

    Silkie: one of the most broody (or very annoyingly too frequent brooder)

    The moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for folks. Seriously, be very careful. [​IMG]
  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    [​IMG] I was going to tell you to try an Australorp but I see you're not in need of a broody anymore!
  3. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

    Jun 26, 2010
    I'll bet they planned this. When you're not looking, they all meet somewhere and decide to go broody all at once.
  4. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Yep they have that coffee klatch of chickens. Lets see what we can spring on them today. [​IMG]
  5. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2009
    E. KY
    Better start building, 'cause there's gonna be trouble! They'll be stealing each others' eggs and heaven knows what...
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    wood&feathers :

    Better start building, 'cause there's gonna be trouble! They'll be stealing each others' eggs and heaven knows what...

    The only thing I'm gonna build is a stronger door on their coop. Make sure they have plenty of nestboxes - 5 now, better add a few more - and then close the door, latch it tight and let them figure it out. [​IMG]
  7. dragonlaurel

    dragonlaurel Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 4, 2009
    Hot Springs,
    How many times did you ask for a broody hen? The universe is always listening . . .

    it's just not always in a rush to cooperate. [​IMG] You could sell some started pullets this spring. [​IMG]
  8. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    [​IMG] Glad you finally got your broody hens!!

    We had two SFs that both were frequently broody. GREAT mothers!! Our SFs liked to raise their babies til 6 weeks old! [​IMG] We had the 2 SFs, 1 mottled java and 4 JGs broody at once last spring. One JG is horrible, but the remaining six were good mothers. After 3 weeks, all but the SFs were getting the 11 chicks weaned. The hens wanted out of the broody hen...no problem. The SF hens decided that they needed to take over mothering all 11 chickens (up to this point, they co-mothered 2 as the rest were the JGs and Java's babies). The look of 2 SF hens trying to cover 11 6-week old chicks under their wings is hilarious!! [​IMG]

    Wish you the best of luck and hope your broody's turn out like my SFs!!! [​IMG]
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:So far, the SFs and the turken seem to be only thinking about it. The meatie is full on broody. She's the one you seriously don't want to mess with. [​IMG]
  10. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN

    The broodies are out to get you!!! Want me to shoot some eggs your way this spring? [​IMG]

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