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need help for a broody hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ginger c., Apr 18, 2012.

  1. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so our sweet Tammy has decided she wants to be a mama, we have a friend bringing us 6 eggs for her to sit on. do we need to move her to a separate inclosure? our nesting boxes are up kinda high and if this works and she hatches chicks we don't want them to fall. this may be a dumb question do we need to try and put some food in front of her? she really hasn't moved from the nesting box in 3 days. and as far as the eggs she's laying go do we remove them, or just leave them alone? any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. raymondjames

    raymondjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes move her to a separate enclosure. Just fashion some old boxes with bedding or whatever into a nice little broody box.What I hear is that it's okay to feed her the same food as the chicks around hatch. Probably day 19+ (nera hatch) serve wet chick food.
    But i am confused as to your third question. "the eggs she's laying". if she is broody her body releases the hormone prolactin, stopping laying production. overall, you should not stagger hatches with bator OR hen. bad idea.
     

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