Need your opinion. I have a broody hen with 8 eggs under her

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 4boysmom, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    staggered hatch - yes, I'm crazy. Here's the story


    When I saw that she was broody, I started at first trying to keep her from doing it, but then I thought that I could let her test a couple of my Welsummer eggs for me. So, I put 2 eggs under her ( marked them so I knew which one's I put there ). Well, when I candled them a week later, 1 was good & 1 was not developing. The next day, there one of my girls laid her egg on the ground & since things were a little crazy, I wasn't sure that it hadn't laid there a couple of days, so I put it under the broody hen. Fast forward to that Saturday.....there was a yard sale on the street, so we set up in the front yard with the bunnies & the chicks we'd hatched for school to try to sell a few. Still had 6 chicks at the end of the day - I was planning on keeping 3 of them. Later in the afternoon, a lady came back with her grandkids and bought 4 of them ( I kept 2 I was pretty sure were girls, 1 of which I was definitely not letting go, she's beautiful ). When she said she'd like some more, I told her I could hatch some for her.....a broody is much cheaper than the incubator, so I put 3 more eggs under the broody - now we're up to 6.

    The 1st 2 were due to hatch this week, so I brought them up & put them in the incubator....the one that I thought was a "blank" started seeping almost immediately, so I took it out to the far end of the garden & cracked it against a log ( wrapped in a paper towel ) - it was definitely rotten.....glad it didn't explode in my bator. Went to the beach for an overnight trip & came back last night to a little chick - it is all alone, so I put a little stuffed animal in. When I took those 2 out, I put in 4.....so now she's sitting on 8. 1 will hatch next week and 3 will hatch the following week and that will leave the 4 - I'm not putting anymore under her as long as I can control myself [​IMG]


    When I went down to clean up around the coop a little this morning, I noticed that some of the stuffing was coming out of the old cat bed I had put in one of the larger nest boxes because they like laying in it, so I pulled it out & there was a litle mouse or rat's nest behind it. I cleaned that out.....and moved the mama hen to the rabbit cage ( I set it up as a broody nest - water, food ) and put fresh pine shavings in all the nest boxes. ( there was a baby mouse or rat in in the little nest. I didn't realize it until I tossed the shovel full of old shavings and stuffing on the floor of the coop - the hens had it quicker than you could blink - it was so tiny. - I wouldn't have wanted it around anyway, but I felt bad about it

    That's it for the history.....

    So, here is my question - what would happen if I took the lonely little chick down & put her in the rabbit cage with the mama who is sitting on the eggs. The mama is a tiny little thing, so there is lots of room in the rabbit cage. Would the mama keep the chick warm and still sit on the eggs, or would she abandon the eggs or the chick? HELP!!!
     
  2. Gonzo

    Gonzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think she'd ditch the eggs or the chick.
     
  3. Crusty McPottydoodle

    Crusty McPottydoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it were me, I would do it, but I would do it at night.
     
  4. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    She definately would leave the nest in favor of the chick. ..........Pop
     
  5. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    First I had three broodies do staggered hatches. As the chicks hatched they'd jump out and I'd scoop them up and put them in the brooder. Finally after a while the hens had, had enough and got off the nest and mothered the chicks they had. I tossed over a dozen eggs. Didn't check to see where they were in the developement stage to me it was unimportant.

    Second if you've got mice/ rat problems it's time to clean the coop. Further I can't understand why folks don't follow the advice of what to use in a nest box. Cat bed being my point. Can't understand why you would use such a thing. Also I clean my nest boxes out on a regular basis letting them air in between. No way should a mouse or rat have time to have babies in the nest or the coop.

    Please go to the library or bookstore and get a book on Chicken keeping.

    Wishing you well

    Rancher
     
  6. TreyNC

    TreyNC Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a hen on eight eggs all stagered. I just let her and her friend lay untill I finally said enough is enough. Eggs were spaced out over 7-8 days. Five hatched. I hatched the last one. One tried and died. Two didn't hatch. When mom first started every thing was fine. First two stayed under her. Third stayed under her for a day then she saw it was black, not like the other two or her and tried to kill it. This was maybe day, four from first hatch. Fourth gray, she tried to kill. By now she was not on the eggs much, and was rolling some of the eggs out of the nest. From time to time. All chickens are different tho. I decided to take the chicks away from her so all brothers and sisters could grow up together.

    Trey
     
  7. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The problem was that there was space behind it and a small hole in the back of the nest ( now blocked up ). I clean out the shavings at least once if not twice weekly since I don't like dirty eggs, but had not moved the cloth box out of it's location in a couple weeks because of the broody. It is now in the trash and the nest is back to a normal one like the others which will be cleaned on the same cycle. I do work to keep a clean coop, but made this mistake, I had used it as a temporary thing at one point and had a couple of the hens which liked it better because it had a little smaller opening....similar mistakes won't be made again.
     
  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I know that mice can happen from time to time. Had one I tried catching with traps. Finally had to stomp the sucker. I have cats so hardly ever see mice. Keep us posted and post us picks of the event when she hatches.

    Rancher
     
  9. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We have 2 cats, I guess this one found the perfect place where the cats couldn't get. LOL. Anyway, problem solved, lesson learned....glad I caught it when I did. Will update on hatch progress....keeping the 1st little one in a brooder with a stuffed animal for now, it will have a friend in a few days.
     

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