OMG! I think I have a broody!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by comp6512, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. comp6512

    comp6512 Songster

    Dec 3, 2008
    Guys, I think I have a broody [​IMG]!

    A hen has not left the nest for two days, and it looks like she is sleeping there even during the day. I have never had a broody before.

    What do I do??? Should I put water and food next to her? Or let her manage it herself?

    And after (and if) she hatches the chicks, should I leave the chicks with her or put them in the brooder? Should the mother go into the brooder too??


  2. iajewel

    iajewel Songster

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    The idea of a broody is to let her do it. Shes fine, leave her alone. If she has access to food and water she will get off the nest to eat and drink.
  3. Robo

    Robo Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    I always set feed and water next to her, but she will get off the nest most of the time. Sometimes they are too busy.[​IMG] She will brood them herself, but look out for other birds attacking them.

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