Just as it starts to get cold in WV - Broody - Can I move her?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MIKE555444, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Songster

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    Well as shocked as I was I noticed my 26 week old new pullet starting to show signs of broody. Clucking a lot, "calling" around the food, and not very friendly to the other hens. She did that for a week or so and then claimed her nest this weekend. If she is still stead on the nest today I am going to put fertile eggs under her [​IMG]

    I am thinking about putting up a small divider fence around her and her nest in the coop with food and water. I have large breeds(mostly BO) and I'm afraid 2 or three of them on the nest might damage her hatching eggs. Of course she picked a center nest to make this even more difficult lol.

    Potential problems with baby chicks this time of year?

    Any suggestions?

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    Also... If I move her to a different nest and "section it off" will I break her broody?
     
  3. Ridgerunner

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    These treads might help. I've never moved a broody so I don't have any experience with that, but I do believe keeping her out of bright sunlight does improve your odds.

    Isolate a Broody? Thread
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=213218

    How to move a broody hen
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=162759

    As far as problems with the chicks, the hen can and will keep them warm. I really don't see any problems not present at other times of the year.

    This probably won't help you, but this shows how I sectioned off my nesting boxes and provided a space for a broody to stay on her original nest. All I have to do is block off the entrance and pull the board out of the correct slot. I can access that middle section from the back to put food and water in there.

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  4. MIKE555444

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    Quote:Thanks Ridgerunner
     

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