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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by peggym, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you have wooden eggs in the nest boxes? I think it helps but can't say for sure. What breeds do you have. Certain breeds are prone and not always when you want them.
     
  2. Glasshen

    Glasshen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will put the wooden eggs in next month, maybe mid March. I have RIR, BR, Red sex link, and one SS. I plan to give my friend who is taking Reveille tow of the RIR, but keep Mama, the RIR who raised two sets of chicks for me last year. She enjoys raising chicks and being broody. Maybe it's not too early to put the wooden eggs in, Friday will be March!
     
  3. mderby48

    mderby48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never heard of putting wooden eggs in. I have mostly white leghorn but also RIR, BR, and some mixes not sure what kind.
     
  4. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    production white leghorns aren't likely to go broody. Can't say for the others though. I honestly didn't know there were so many breeds when I first started with chickens and that so many of them would go broody.

    My RIR is from AL and in her second to third year. I'm surprised she is broody. Girls are unpredictable so it's good to decided which breeds you want to hatch if you are going to let them broody.

    Also it's good to have a private place for them to be as the others may harm the chicks. The more space you have the better.

    I use wooden eggs to show newbies where to lay their eggs. Also hen seem to like to lay where there are other eggs. I just suspect it makes them go broody more often. I can't say for sure, but I've never had a problem getting a broody. Just at the wrong time for me.
     
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  5. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

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    But it can happen. I had a production White Leghorn go broody last year and she is already acting like she wants to do it again. Took her a good month to go from thinking about it to going broody last year.
    I hatch right in the mist of it all. I find reintegrating too big of a pain in the butt. Besides no one messes with a mama and babies. But of course do what works for you.

    this is an interesting read if I do say so myself.... but then I'm biased [​IMG] as I wrote it. [​IMG]
    http://naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.com/2013/01/broody-hens-natures-incubators-your.html
     
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  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Well I would have been disappointed if you had not contradicted what I said, though I didn't say it was impossible. Just not likely. I should have said "Not likely except for Stonykill". [​IMG] [​IMG]

    When does your book come out? [​IMG]
     
  7. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

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    believe me she shocked me when she went broody. Book? It wouldn't sell. The chicken loving world wants cute and cuddly, not common sense [​IMG]
     
  8. mderby48

    mderby48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're right, it is a good read. I had one leghorn RIR mix that was broody in the fall but she died over the winter. She was almost four years old. I'm gonna get some wooden eggs and see what happens.
     
  9. cracrzy4chicks

    cracrzy4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While the topic of broodies is in the table.............................. Do you guys feed anything special to your broodies so they don't lose so much weight ? I have a bantam cochin who is broody, tonight I'm putting eggs under her & letting her do her thing [​IMG] Sould I add scratch or possibly some protien of some kind ?? She's an excellent Momma and last year she got very thin while she was brooding.


    Thanks for any info
     
  10. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

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    nope.I don't. Nothing special. When she gets up she eats.
     

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