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My First Broody!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Frizzle Farmer, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Frizzle Farmer

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    This is my 3 year old Buff Orp, "Buffy". I have been wishing, praying, and hoping for a hen to go broody for years! She's only on her second day. She has 6 Frizzle crosses under(her own, americuana, and black cochin). I'm so excited, I had to share this great news with my BYC friends!
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  2. CarolynF

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    Very Cool, Congrats!! How did you happen to time it so you could put those under her? Was it just a happy coincidence?
     
  3. Frizzle Farmer

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    Two I "stole" from the girls this morning, and put under her. The other ones we're from hens who just sat on her and layed their eggs! Everyone still insists on using that box even though there is 5 more boxes available!!!
     
  4. CarolynF

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    What a Hoot! I hope all goes well!
     
  5. I just gave five day-old chicks to my broody 2-yr old BO - she's been broody for a month. She immediately took to them and is being such a good mama! Lots of pix on my blog (see my signature) if you want to see them.
     
  6. Squishypuff

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    I love broodies. They look like gelatinous globs all spread out like that! So cute.
     
  7. Well, Congrats. Now you have to make some decisions. You can`t let the other girls add to her clutch, so you either have to mark her present eggs and remove the fresh ones daily, or you have to move her to a private location, away from the others. I preffer the private location for the simple reason she needs to be moved to ground level, anyway. Why, you ask? Chicks cannot enter and leave an elevated nest. So, if and when you move her, do it at night with as little stress as possible. That way she will wake up in the morning and all should be well. Good luck..........Pop
     

  8. Squishy - that's exactly how mine looks! Like someone back-combed her feathers almost. And I noticed how she kind of droops her wings as she shepherds them around - I presume to use them as a shield if need be. So cool!
     
  9. Frizzle Farmer

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    Since the other girls wont stop laying on her, I will mark the eggs and take the fresh ones out daily. I get to re load the incubator next Tues, so I'll need to save some for breakfast and some for hatching!
     

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