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nesting box question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hiltopsassafras, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. hiltopsassafras

    hiltopsassafras In the Brooder

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    Hi,
    I have an O Shamo hen sitting on 5 eggs. I suspect 4 will hatch...the 5th one just showed up and is a week out of sync so don't know what happens to that.
    I am 99% sure this hen has hatched before. The flock was given to me month and a half ago but prior to that the same couple gave me a single pullet and I believe the chic was hatched from this hen. This is my only broody hen and she is aggressive and I am sure she is or will be a good mama.
    My nesting boxes are small. All the hens fit in them fine with room to turn around and sit but I have been thinking about once Slim Sue hatches out her babies. Do nesting boxes need to be larger for babies chic??? Don't want her to accidently suffocate one. Also the boxes are up off the ground.
    So, what do I do? Do I move her into a larger area? I have an area for her and babies to stay....If so when do I move her and babies? Once they hatch or before. Also I am assuming if I need to move her I need to put her closer to the ground....right? OR...leave her be???
    First time for me so somebody please help![​IMG]
    Thanks so much[​IMG]
    Sassy
     

  2. hiltopsassafras

    hiltopsassafras In the Brooder

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    bump...any takers??
    Sassy
     
  3. hiltopsassafras

    hiltopsassafras In the Brooder

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    Still looking for suggestions...anyone??/
    Thanks!
    SASSy
     
  4. hiltopsassafras

    hiltopsassafras In the Brooder

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    bump bump bump...somebody has to have a thought...please
    Sassy
     
  5. thepouts

    thepouts Chirping

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    Bumping this for you...hope somebody can help you out soon :) my girls aren't laying yet so I am not sure
     
  6. hamzaahvalli

    hamzaahvalli In the Brooder

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    Hi,
    normally people who raise chickens for egg laying have nesting boxes of the ground,but that would not be necessary for you so i would recommened while looking at future situations that you move her to the available space you have as you said above and move her quick before the eggs hatch so you wont have problems laterr on.the mothers tend to be more protective of chicks than eggs.
    Hope you the best of luck
     
  7. hiltopsassafras

    hiltopsassafras In the Brooder

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    thepouts, thank you for bumping:)
    hamzaahvalli, thanks for the answer....will get her moved this weekend....she will hatch next week!
    sassy
     

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