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My poor Speckled Sussex :-(

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by woodmort, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's gone broody and I don't want or need chicks at this time of year so she is trying to incubate 3 Titlists. I could use some new golf balls though, so I'll let you know how this works out.
     
  2. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck to your hen. I've never seen baby golf balls. Are they the size of peas or BB's?
     
  3. 7&8

    7&8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Funny! You could really enjoy your retirement if she hatches those things out...[​IMG]

    I have a LF Barred Rock who went broody a few days ago. I'm done with chicks for the year. And, speaking in golf terms, the only two hens of laying age besides her played through. Each made a birdie, landing their balls, er, eggs, in the broody nest. With the broody in it. After a fashion, the broody hen was quite pleased. The eggs are in the fridge now.

    Good luck with yours; I'm not sure what's going to become of mine...[​IMG]
     
  4. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    I'd kick her out of the nest, take the balls away and continue to kick her out of the nest or put her in another pen where there isn't a nest box.

    Sitting on golf balls will just continue her broodiness
     
  5. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL. I have a Buff Brahma (bantam) that has been sitting since July!! I cannot tell you the number of times I have been bitten. She has been working on a purple marble carved egg. I think it's a quitter. [​IMG] but she won't give it up.
     
  6. 7&8

    7&8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm, now I'm curious. [​IMG] Why give the hens something to sit on if you don't want them sitting?
     
  7. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm, now I'm curious. [​IMG] Why give the hens something to sit on if you don't want them sitting?

    I really don't care as I'm taking 10 - 12 dozen eggs to the food bank each week so one egg a day less isn't going to bother me. The golf balls, BTW, were in the nest before she started--I have 8 nesting boxes all with a couple of golf ball in them so the rest of the birds have plenty of laying places. One thing is that she is very gentle--I just lift her up to take any eggs left there by the other hens and let her settle back down on her "eggs".​
     

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