My broody hens efforts werent in vein

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by _sonshine_, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. _sonshine_

    _sonshine_ Out Of The Brooder

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    I found my broody hen off her nest after sitting for 16 days I knew something was wrong w/ her so I put her in her cage w/ food and water but she died the next day. I could tell the other hens had been through her nest b/c eggs were every where and stone cold. I candled her 11 eggs and only 7 looked to be the same age so I put them in the bator and they were supposed to hatch on Tues. so I waited and waited and really was about to give up and 4 of the 7 have hatched this morning!! I really wanted at least 1 b/c I felt she gave her life for her babies! Just wanted to share [​IMG]
     
  2. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
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  3. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Chillin' With My Peeps

    oh I'm so sorry about your broody, [​IMG] I always worry about my broodys, when there on eggs, that they dont eat and drink, so i have little feeders and waters that i put in their nest.

    glad to hear you got some baby's [​IMG]
     
  4. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Quote:Congratulations! That must really make you feel better to know that you saved some of the babies; thank goodness you had an incubator backup to put them in. Great story.[​IMG]
     
  5. Jen4

    Jen4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
    Munfordville, KY
    Awww poor momma [​IMG] thats nice some of the eggs hatched!
     
  6. _sonshine_

    _sonshine_ Out Of The Brooder

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    yes it was sad that she died....this was my first broody and I didnt think she would starve herself to death so I never messed w/ her.....but now I know.

    This is the best pic that I could get [​IMG]

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  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats on the babies!



    I'm so sorry about your broody.
     
  8. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    So glad you were able to save the chicks [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Sorry for the loss of your momma hen - hopefully your sharing with help future mamma hens. [​IMG]
     
  9. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    So sweet! What kind of hen was she? Are these chicks biologically hers?
     
  10. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know...somebody might jump on me for this, but I really don't think it was from starvation. I can't say what it was and you won't find out for sure anyway, but I never lost a hen to starvation. When I would show up with feed and they felt like it was time to eat they would leave the nest a while and eat and promptly return to the nest and they would also leave to poop. I only lost one hen.....Selvia, that was brooding and it was to a preditor. They won't eat as much as normal.....true, but STARVE? I even used a hen to hatch out 3 separate clutches of eggs on one brood years ago and she survived, and I had so many ducks and chicks it was unreal.
     

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