Moving a broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dogkahuna, May 14, 2016.

  1. dogkahuna

    dogkahuna Chirping

    Oct 11, 2015
    Southworth, WA
    My coop was constructed with 12 nest boxes several feet above ground. I'd like to allow a broody hen to set a clutch, but she has adopted one of the higher altitude nests. The other hens all lay in the high-altitude nest boxes, so I can't block them all off. Might it be possible to relocate her to a ground-level box that we construct in a corner of the coop? Might she take to it if we tried to relocate her? Has anyone succeeded in this endeavor?

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    From my experience broody hens do not take kindly to being moved, so I wait until their eggs have hatched and she is ready to get up with the chicks, before moving her and the babies to a more suitable place.

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