I've been reading this forum about separating broodies...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by scullybird, May 7, 2009.

  1. scullybird

    scullybird Out Of The Brooder

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    ... and I was curious.

    Do they have to be completely away fromt he rest of the hens? Our coop is a totally enclosed run, huge, with the house in one top third of the run.

    To separate, could a broody be put into a dog crate, and left in the run? She would be physically separated, but could see and hear the rest... as well as be protected from cats, dogs, coons, etc.

    Or, would it be best to simply put her in the house?

    Just curious! Our chicks aren't even 6 weeks, yet! I just like to learn.
     
  2. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    Colorado
    yes! you can just put her in a dog crate and leave her in the coop. It is just to keep others from getting to the eggs or adding to her eggs. And it keeps the chicks safe when they first hatch. Just fix her up a little apartment [​IMG] I use one of the big dog crates and put a food and water setup right in with her and it works great.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree with daisychick. My broody pen is already built inside my coop (doubles as a nesting box) and I don't get my chicks until next week.
     
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    Yes! It's safest to seperate them and I often use a dog crate in the pen or a rabbit cage or the old brooder box, etc, etc... I get a lot of broodies. [​IMG] If they're not getting bothered by the other chickens, sometimes I let them brood in the big pen, but you have to monitor the situation closely.

    I maintain a flock of Silkies just for brooding for me and I strongly support broodies [​IMG] Good for y'all to plan for it now! What breeds do you have?
     
  5. scullybird

    scullybird Out Of The Brooder

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    I have very unlikely broodies. RIR, white leghorn, barred rock, and two black stars. I wanted layers, but I want to be prepared *just in case* one of them should go broody. Since we don't have/want roosters, I think if I got a broodie, I'd just go to one of our several local organic egg farmers (small poultry farmers), and see if I can get some fertilized eggs for her.

    I like to plan as much as I like to do!
     
  6. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    Those are unlikely breeds, but stranger things have happened! Get yourself a Silkie or a few game hens - then you'll be in business!
     

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