Oh I have wanted this and know it is a pain in my behind!

AnniesEggFarm

Songster
10 Years
Mar 23, 2009
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I set out this year to get some broody hens, so far I have one black silkie. She is probably 6ish months old and TINY. She is a VERY determined broody hen as long as she is in the regular hen house in the main laying box (the hens fave), won't eat, drink move
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collects every egg that my very large brood of hens lay.... Yippie just want I wanted.... But she is so tiny and determined that the large hens will literally sit on her to lay eggs, she has become just another part of the laying box
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.... So I VERY CAREFULLY moved her to her own private suite, box and all this past Friday. She jumped up right away pooped A TON
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and ate like a pig and walked around, ok fine whatever, she felt safe without the big girls around.... next morning she had kicked out all but 2 of her eggs, we put them back under her multiple times, nothing
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, I gave up and cracked them open, every one of them viable
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.... So she continued to very poorly set on her last two eggs, but most of the time she was hopping around her suite partying it up
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!!!!
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!!! So, I kicked her butt out back with the rest of the flock -> -> -> -> -> within a few hours she was back in the main henhouse gathering every egg in sight, sitting like a champ while my large ladies laid eggs on top of her!!!
What am I going to do....
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..... I want her to be broody, but don't feel that this is a very healthy way to be broody....

Jenn
 

onthespot

Deluxe Dozens
11 Years
Mar 29, 2008
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You could put a wire door across her nest box that she usually uses and just cut a small hole big enough for only her to go in and out so the big hens can't go in there and set on her.
 

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