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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kbrchick, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. kbrchick

    kbrchick New Egg

    Jan 9, 2017
    Had my babes sonce March 16. Love the eggs and the solitude they bring when I feed them Romaine lettuce. I do have a ?. Got a broody hen, how long will they sit before getting food or water? Thank you, excited to be here.
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Broody hens will normally get off the nest once a day to eat, drink, poo and do a bit of grooming. If you have a hen that will not voluntarily leave the nest, you may need to move her off the nest so she does what she needs to each day.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, kbrchick, and :welcome! Happy you joined our community! X2 on the advice of junebuggena. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us.

    If she doesn't come out for food and water, take some to her. They can lose a lot of weight when the broodiness kicks in.
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under kbrchick [​IMG] Welcome!

    I agree with the advice you have received so far in that a broody hen should take a break once or twice a day to stretch her legs, have something to eat and drink and drop a nasty broody poop [​IMG]

    However, I do have one broody who did not get that memo and if I let her she would sit for days without moving. With her, I ensure I lift her off the nest in the morning and afternoon. She does what she has to and then happily scurries back to her eggs.

    On particularly hot days I take a drink of water to her in a tiny little cup. She is the only one of my broodies who will drink from it and I think she just enjoys being waited on [​IMG]

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  6. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Welcome to BYC!!!!! I usually take them off if I haven't seen them off during the day. Put them near food and water..they usually go after it..then back to the nest they go!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    Everyone was a "newbie" at some point so make yourself comfortable and feel free to ask questions.

    It's nice to have you here!
  9. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

    May 22, 2013
    The USA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I am glad you joined us!
  10. kbrchick

    kbrchick New Egg

    Jan 9, 2017
    Love this community! Thank you for all the WONDERFUL advise!!!

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