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Moving a broody hen

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

  1. dogkahuna

    dogkahuna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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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