Lockdown? Broody? Hmmm? HELP!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mychookschick, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. mychookschick

    mychookschick Songster

    Aug 28, 2009
    Maine
    Ok I've got a broody but, I've been reading... does the broody (Eunice) do everything that is needed for the "lockdown" phase?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging 9 Years

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    Hens have been hatching chicks for thousands of years. Relax. The broody has it under control.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    What Ridgerunner said.

    Also, since it IS "lockdown" that means YOU don't bother HER for that period of time. She's your incubator. Let her be. [​IMG]
     
  4. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

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    Yup. [​IMG] mama hen will do everything needed for the chickies to hatch. [​IMG] remember not to mess with her or anything like the others said, because that could mess everything up. the only thing YOU need to provide is a extra pen for them when they hatch (away from the other chickens) and some starter feed. [​IMG] oh! and a waterer low enough for the babies.
     
  5. mychookschick

    mychookschick Songster

    Aug 28, 2009
    Maine
    Ok... so if I understand, I can't lift her up to make sure she is only on five eggs?
     
  6. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

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    I wouldn't mess with her at all. [​IMG]
     

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