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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by EarthMamaJenn, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. EarthMamaJenn

    EarthMamaJenn Hatching

    Sep 23, 2016
    Hello! Finally joining for support after raising chickens for 5 years. We only have a tiny flock for eggs (9 hens right now) for our family and no rooster. Most of our gals who have passed away over the years have succumbed to predators, but the last one who died was very ill and I didn't know how to help her, or if there was anything I could have done. I'm joining to learn more from others so I can take better care of our beloved chickens. We have 2 buffs, 2 leghorns, 2 Americauna, 1 isa red and 2 gorgeous black hens whose breed I can't remember. we love them all, but only have a name for our oldest (Ziggy). I'm keeping watch over her as she was really broody for the last couple months and her health has suffered from it.

    Glad to be here, looking forward to learning more and making new friends :)

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Determined, broody hens can be a real pain when you don't want to breed. You may wish to break her broodiness. As you say, when they are broody, they lose a lot of condition. Type "breaking broodiness" or "broody buster" in the search bar and theres a few threads that will pop up and help you.

    Best wishes
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Yes, your broody needs to be broken. Some will just stick to it! I use a cage like this. I just broke my SG for the second time. Let you be a mama the first time. She keeps wanting to be a mama again. I will let her come spring again. Here is a photo of my broody breaker.


    It usually only takes a few days for the girls if it is caught early. But, if the hen has been broody for a while, it will take longer.
  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there Earthmama! I love your username!! I want a broody right now, so you can send her on over!!;) I love your breeds! I have a Leghorn and some Buff's as well. Are the black ones Black Australorps? If I had to pick the prettiest black chickens, I would say the australorps, their feathers shine Blue, Green and Purple in the sun. I have a pair of those and I love them. I hope you enjoy Backyard chickens and have as much fun here as I have!
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Howdy from Kansas and :welcome. Pleased you joined our joined our community!

  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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