Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

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

  1. aaggjg

    aaggjg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no! Hopefully she will go back to her eggs soon.[​IMG]
     
  2. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Okay I'll leave her alone tonight. At least she'll get a peaceful nights sleep without being pecked by the other girls.
     
  3. perchie.girl

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  4. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lock down for broody? Why a lock down ? Whats different from day 18 and day 20/21 ? Very interesting having a first time broody !
     
  5. Zootopia

    Zootopia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nothing is different, "Lockdown for a broody" is really for the people who physically remove the broody from the nest every day. It is then that they will leave her to her own devices. For anyone who leaves the broody to decide for herself if and when she needs to eat or poop, we just sit back and enjoy the show.
     
  6. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    xs2. What she said.
     
  7. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

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    x3. The "lockdown" for a broody is from 1st pip until the 1st born needs to eat and drink. I have had many broody's get up when the 1st egg pips for a 5 minute eat, drink, poop, then on the nest until the hatch is done
     
  8. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

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    Checked on Topsy this morning and she's sitting on the eggs again [​IMG] - although some of them were sticking out from under her a little.

    She apparently didn't like my setup because she moved the eggs over to the other side of the area nearer the food & water. I'm wondering if I should put her & the eggs in a smaller container to better help her keep the eggs under herself.
    Or is that too much micromanagement?
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  9. stonykill

    stonykill Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm asking this on the duck forum as well. I think miss Penelope our fawn and white runner is thinking of going broody. Last night shortly before lockup she was primping her nest. She was on her nest at lockup. when I opened the door this morning she got off her nest, ate, took a swim, pooped and 1/2 hour later, she is now back on the nest. she has 2 falsies, and maybe an egg from yesterday. But I think just 2 falsies.
    How many eggs should I give a little runner? She seems so tiny. only 18 inches tall standing upright. she is really light. I would guess 4 lbs at the most. I have her eggs from the last 6 or 7 days here in the house. They were going to go in the bator. kinda planning ahead here.....
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

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    I'm so excited for you stony... I love that color runner. I think of all the colors the fawn and white is my favorite. If i hadn't have decided to let my 2 Muscovies brood this year, they aren't getting any younger [almost 4] I would get eggs from you in a heart beat. Maybe next year [​IMG] anyway depending on the size of her egg [I'm thinking Muscovy] she could probably sit 6-7 my ducks are probably 5 lbs and they can sit at least 10 without any problems. Now my 2 drakes could probably sit 30-40 they are so huge compared to the girls. Thank goodness they don't go broody. my hands look like I've been in a fist fight now. lol Keep us updated on miss Penelope
     

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