Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by michaelinnc84, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Oh well - not sure Topsy's going broody yet. She laid another egg today and is now out in the run moving around with the others. She is clucking the broody cluck and dashing around - so I just left her eggs alone. Maybe she's taking an extended break - but most likely it just isn't time yet. I'll keep encouraging her. I'll go mark today's egg so I know when it was laid.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

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    Thanks for sharing your story and what cute little fuzzy butts, nothing better than hands on teaching about life. and it's so wonderful to have an awesome broody to make it all possible. Congrats..
     
  3. bobbieschicks

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    Awwhhh so adorable! I'm sure your little ones enjoyed watching her little ones hatch!

     
  4. bobbieschicks

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    Okay, I know I'm interfering too much with Topsy - but I decided to put her up in the nest box just to see if she'd sit again. She settled right down on those eggs again. So - we'll see what she does later today and tonight. I marked them and there are four in there with her - even though I have a silkie roo - I highly doubt they are fertile.
     
  5. MamaRoo

    MamaRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG! OMG! OMG!

    WE HAVE BABIES!!!!!!!

    I have two Silkie/"Ameraucauna" , and one Silkie/Welsumer balls of ADORABILITY!!!

    Last egg may not hatch, but I'll give it another day.

    GAH!! Cuteness overload!!!
     
  6. AinaWGSD

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    Well, poo! We moved Gloria to the broody pen late last night. The move seemed to go smoothly, she didn't seem excited about it and she stayed on the nest that we could tell last night. But she's been off the nest all morning. The broody pen was the quarantine pen for her and the two other new chickens I got last fall, so I was hoping it would seem comfortable and familiar to her. Guess not. [​IMG] I'm planning on leaving her in there until tomorrow, maybe she'll get used to the idea and go back to setting. In the meantime, I'm not so sure I want to put either of the two chicks that have hatched so far under her anyway. One is small and seems a little....off. It's face seems to be asymmetrical or something. The other one seems to have spraddle leg and keeps flipping over onto it's back. I really don't know what I'm going to do if she goes back to being broody after I move her back into the coop. I'm sure Gloria would be a good momma and protect her chicks from the other hens, but I don't feel like it would be fair to ask her to do it when they are all locked up in the coop/run and don't have much room to get away. And it'll be another few weeks before the new grass in the yard has established enough to let the chickens back out. If she does decide to go broody again after we move her back into the coop maybe I'll get some hatching eggs and let her set for 3 weeks then let the chickens back into the yard when the eggs hatch.
     
  7. bobbieschicks

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    Congrats! Pics please!
     
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    Sounds like a plan! Hope it goes well.
     
  9. Miss Lydia

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    Oh ,my gosh we have to see some pics and CONGRATS!!!
     
  10. bobbieschicks

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    Ugh! She's back off the nest. Could it be too hot to stay on the nest? It's very humid today and 93F inside the coop. Or is it just too early to be broody for sure.

    Yeah! She got back in the nest by herself. She had to wait for everyone else to leave the coop first. Smokey is still sneaking around outside and hasn't laid her egg yet today. So Topsy may get kicked out. We shall see. Such drama! Who needs daytime soaps!

    Okay Smokey laid her egg and exited the coop without issue - she's not trying to go broody yet. So - maybe tonight is night #2 with Topsy not on the roost- here's hoping she stays on the nest!

    Question: Would you trust her to if she stays off the nest too much during the day? Will she naturally stay on the nest more when she stops laying and the true broodiness sets in? I mean my 1st timer Smokey stayed on her eggs like a fly on poop. But Topsy was off more then on. Maybe it's just too soon for her? She did the broody cackle at me when I closed up the windows just a few minutes ago and tried to pet her. So maybe! :fl
     
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