Is it ok to move a broody off her nest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sgsf, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Sgsf

    Sgsf Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    Will she go back to her eggs? I just want to MAKE SURE she is getting food and water. I just want to make sure if I move her off her nest, she'll go back to her eggs.
  2. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Never had one, but I have read about several people moving them to get food, water and use the bathroom and they right back to it.
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    Yes, that's fine. If she doesn't go back to her eggs, she probably wasn't broody to begin with. [​IMG] She may stay off for a few minutes and even get a dust bath, but you can bet she'll make her way back to those eggs.
  4. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    I have moved the bird and the eggs and they always seem to go back.
  5. kateseidel

    kateseidel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 9, 2010
    My broody is not hatching, but is still dedicated to her nest. I take her off twice a day to get out and run around and she always goes back to the next, usually within 30 minutes
  6. chickenmommie

    chickenmommie Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 17, 2010
    I have moved my hen while she was sitting she went right back
  7. curliet

    curliet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2008
    west Michigan
    One thing that I noticed with my broody hen was that she did leave the nest once in a while to eat and drink and poo, but if she was off the nest for more than 5 minutes my rooster would chase her back to the nest. He seemed to always know just how long it had been and was very insistent that she get back to where she belonged. Has anyone else noticed this?
  8. shchinchillas

    shchinchillas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2010
    We actually just moved an entire nest (7 eggs), hen and 10 hatched chicks to a "safe" location. She went missing for quite a while, we finally found her--on the top of a stacked pile of hay in the loft... After the move she ate and drank, then settled right back on her nest. Ended up hatching 2 more eggs, and is now a great momma to her little brood.
  9. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    I never had problems moving any until last week.I finaly found my AWOL giant frizzle hen.She was hiding in the dry creek bed.She had a nest of 17 eggs!.I got worried that a hard rain would surely do them in.I fixed her up a nice box in same pen with other sitting frizzle hen.She would not have anything to do with the egg's.She rolled out 3 and broke them.I gotthe egg's up and candled them and put the ones that looked good in incubator.Most hen's do well moving them I dunno what was up with her. [​IMG]
  10. kano

    kano Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2008
    Santiago de Chile
    I ALWAYS do that. I move the broody by nigth, and i put a box over her for 1 day and the nigth. It's o.k. she is not going to die.

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