Moving a brooding, skitish golden phoenix

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sudolph, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. sudolph

    sudolph In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2007
    She's true to her nature, very sweet but standoffish and flighty if I reach into the nest, but she is brooding where other hens are apt to lay with her. Do you suppose I can successfully move her after roosting time tonight to a prepared brooder box? I was planning on trapping her in a very nicely closed in box for a few hours while I see if she settles and then open the door to the short run with food and water.

    How many large eggs would you suggest? She's very slim.

  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I moved a broody who didn't want to be moved. I recommend keeping her enclosed in a small area with access to food and water, but foregoing the run. My broody's transition didn't go well, and she ended up hatching none of her eggs. Mine was a bantam, and she chose on her own-8 eggs. So I take her lead, for when she goes broody again. I will not go higher than 8 eggs.

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