I was impatient...moved hen during day... questions!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Carli, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Carli

    Carli Out Of The Brooder

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    I moved my hen into the tractor today (no roost, just a 4x4x2 crate w/o a bottom), gave her fresh bedding (pine shavings...normally we just use grass), water, feed, and an overturned bin with a cutout as her nest. Our chickens have been going to bed around 6:30pm lately, getting dark here, so I figured moving her around 4:30pm wouldn't be a big deal. She stood fairly motionless all evening, pooped a big pile, ate, and then around 7:30pm laid down in front of the opening to her new nest. I became impatient so I moved her into the nest but she creeped back out and is now sleeping on the grass.

    What's going on? How do I make it right? Should I just be patient?
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    What are the overnight lows where you live?
     
  3. afishel

    afishel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IF it is not that cold yet I would just be patient you showed her the way! she'll figure it out !
     
  4. Carli

    Carli Out Of The Brooder

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    The forecast is a low of 47 degrees overnight. I was wondering about how cold she will get. [​IMG] I can see her pen from my front window and she seems to turn slightly every time I peek out. I wonder how well she will sleep.
     
  5. Carli

    Carli Out Of The Brooder

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    It's amazing to me that as my sweet hen has come into her own mothering instincts, my mothering instincts have kicked up a notch. I'm fussing internally wanting to make sure she's comfy and cozy. I never thought I could care so strongly for a chicken!
     
  6. afishel

    afishel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the only thing I can think if it will help you rest better is to some how block her in the nest box then in morning let her out?? I dunno sorry [​IMG]
     
  7. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    She will be fine where she is tonight. But I agree if you will sleep better put her in the nest and block the opening.
     
  8. afishel

    afishel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL CHICKEN LOVE IT IS GREAT!! I am addicted ! I have 17 babies 2 under a broody that are 3weeks old and the other 15 incubated that are any where from 2 weeks old to a week old I check on them countless times a day! Everytime I talk about them to my hubbie he rolls his eyes and GRINS and tells me I am bored! LOL but then later I catch him holding and petting a baby LOL !! the are catching!!
     
  9. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    block her in the nest box over night maybe by mron she will be back to her old broody self [​IMG] good luck
     
  10. Carli

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    So the broody hen is up and walking around today and seems not so broody anymore. I put an egg in the nest hoping to encourage her. Nothing. Then she began squawking loudly and poking her beak through the chicken wire. Have I lost the broddy moment?
     

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