Nervous - Will it hurt to move her???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mommto3kiddos, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    My banty hen is on day 13 of her "sit-in" on her eggs. Our temps have been 60's lows at night highs in 70/80's.. But tomorrow we have a huge cold front moving in with Highs in 40/50's and lows at night kissing 32..

    She is a little thing with 7 eggs to keep warm. Will it hurt anything if I move her into our garage just so shes more enclosed from the cold & dampness??? Her nursery pen is great, and she would stay dry, but I have no way to put a heat lamp in it right now, and I don't want her or the eggos to get too cold..

  2. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2011
    The Coop :)
    I dont think it would work to well, i tried, and the hen just freaked out and didnt sit on them at all. If you can, maybe put a heating pad by her to keep her just warn enough. Hope i could help [​IMG] good luck!
  3. 1320

    1320 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2011
    Was 55 degrees last night when I snapped this photo of my broody Golden Comet...I think you'll be fine.

  4. curious1969

    curious1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2011
    Northwest Montana
    In my experience it really depends on the temperment of your broody. I have one bantam hen who is just totally wild (aquired as an adult) and I would not attempt to move her. However, my other broodies would not be a problem, I can and have moved them and their eggs to a safer place. How long is the cold weather supposed to last? If it is a short period and the hen is protected somewhat from the weather she should be fine where she is now. Chickens are really quite tough, I had a tiny little hen show up in late October a couple years ago with seven or eight chicks (it had been freezing at night for a couple weeks). I thought a predator had made off with her, but she was just hiding from me [​IMG]
  5. suzeqf

    suzeqf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    I tried to move my banty hen around that time and she had a hissy fit but i tried again the next day when it was getting close to roost time and it worked a lot better she still had a small fit when she woke up and was enclosed but after 10 minutes or so she calmed down and got back on her eggs and settled in.
  6. chickensgalore

    chickensgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    i moved my BA after about a week.she freaked out for about 2 hrs but went right back to the clutch.sometimes it works,sometimes it doesnt
  7. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Graham, WA
    I think it depends on the broody herself and her temperment. I had to move my girls who's currently on eggs last friday after the mean pullet decided to keep pecking her off her nest. So I put her near the broody who's chicks hatched last week. That wasn't best. This girl tried enticing the babies away. So since it was supposed to freeze, I brought her and her eggs inside.

    No fussing from any move. She's a determined silkie. She sees an egg, she has to sit on it. She in my living room in my brooder box happy as can be. She has food and water and I take her outside and make her walk and go poo a few times a day.
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    OP, I feel for you. I'm in the same boat. I didn't plan on a BO going broody at this time of year and well, it is what it is. She found her own little niche and had all the other hens conspire to fill the nest for her. She objects to an audience; but won't leave the eggs either.

    I'm afraid to move her as she may abandon the eggs.

    This is my thought. Her body temp will stay the same , so the eggs will stay the same. Both at correct temperatures. Keep plenty of food on hand as caloric needs increase during cold weather. Keep the drinking water nearby too.

    I'm finding this all a bit stressful.[​IMG]
  9. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    I think she will be fine without any supplemental heat. The question is will YOU be fine without giving her supplemental heat? Nature knows best. Her eggs act like little heat sinks and will keep her warm as she keeps them warm. The only thing that will be cold is her outermost feathers. They will feel cold to the touch. Wiggle your finger into the down against her skin and you will feel her little internal heater at full blast. Good luck with choosing whatever is best for you and her.[​IMG]
  10. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2011
    She is a very easy going DETERMINED I don't think she would be upset with a move persay, I mean I go out and check on her and pet her everyday.. She is sitting on 7 full-size eggs, not banty eggs. I would move her entire enclosure into the garage, not just her nest.

    Im just worried she will get cold. I keep going back and forth leave her or move I guess I should just let nature run its course huh.. [​IMG]

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