my broody keeps switching nest boxes...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kerriliane, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. kerriliane

    kerriliane Songster

    Sep 19, 2010
    Langley, BC, Canada
    I have 5 boxes in a row..
    Day 1 she was in the middle..
    Day two and three she was in box 2.. and today she's in box 4...
    Should I build a small little house for her, and put her & her eggs in that instead of constantly moving them so they're under her in the new choice of nest?

    AAANNDD if I should build a broody house - should it be like a mini coop with a box w/ nest, small area for food & water and little run attached? I was thinking 2' x 5' or somethin?
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2010

  2. journey11

    journey11 Songster

    Feb 14, 2009
    I would definitely separate her if you're trying to hatch chicks. Sometimes other hens will push a broody out of her nest if they are more dominant, or if she gets up to grab some food and water. I didn't have any eggs for my broodies to set this year (no rooster), but they were always getting moved around.

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