My Broody Hen Is Being a Real Octo-Mom!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bluey, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    So, I get my broody delaware mix hen, Churkey, 4 Buff Orpington eggs to hatch. I also throw a few EE eggs in there to hatch for a friend.

    Here she is happily sitting on her eggs in the coop:

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    Unfortunately, every day I check on her, she has hoarded another egg or two and added them to her pile. As fast as I take them away, she adds more that the other hens lay near her. I think she's gone mental like the Octo-Mom. [​IMG]

    I checked under her tonight...look at that pile o' eggs! Thank god I have the ones I want hatched marked with pencil...ugh!!!

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    I think left to her own devices, she'd be sitting on a mountain of eggs!
     
  2. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    Mine ended up setting on 17 or 18. [​IMG] But she was able to cover them all, cause out of the original 10 I gave her, 8 hatched. The later ones were growing, but she left them, of course, after the chicks were up and running around.

    She is such a better incubator then me!! [​IMG]
     
  3. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    I luv the nest box
     
  4. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    Oh, and i love the 'loft'! [​IMG]
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If you have the ones marked that you originally set under her, you should take the other eggs out as she steals them. If she gets too many eggs under her she might not be able to cover/turn them properly, and you could end up losing the ones you want [​IMG]
     
  6. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Quote:Yep, that's pretty much what I've been doing...
     
  7. hollymh

    hollymh *A Scrambled Egg*

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    [​IMG] I love the "loft" and that is a whole lotta eggs she has there!!! Good luck with your Octo-mom chicken!
     
  8. Panther Creek Poultry

    Panther Creek Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love the Loft............Yes she is definately wanting to do her duty!
     
  9. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    She is a steady broody and a great momma. No need for an incubator and seemingly all their troubles here!
     
  10. HenHaven

    HenHaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a pretty girl! I love broodies--but they can be greedy! [​IMG]

    I have never had one go broody in a nestbox, though. Mine usually create a hidey hole somewhere and I have to go searching for them.

    When are the eggs due to hatch? Of course, we will need more pics!
     

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