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Our first hen went broody, got a question?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Puresilk, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Puresilk

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    We have a silkie hen that just went broody, I put half a dozen eggs under her. My concern is that she is a crossbeak. She keeps herself in pretty good shape, we keep crumbles in a deep bowl, so she can scoop it up. Is there anything more I can do to help her keep her weight on while she is hatching these eggs? She is the first hen we have had that went broody....thanks
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

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    I put a small cup of feed in front of my broodies every few days, let them eat what they want & take it away, so they're not disturbed by other chickens.
     
  3. Puresilk

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    I have food and water in with her, just curious if there is anything more I can do to make it easier on her as it isnt as easy for her to eat since she is a cross beak. None of the eggs are hers, I just want to try to keep her in as good a shape as possible.
     
  4. FarmGirl01

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    I would just keep doing what you are doing. I bet she will be fine. Don't worry to much. Good luck on you hatch. Don't forget to post some pics .
     
  5. Puresilk

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    Ok thanks [​IMG]. I have a couple serama eggs under her, a couple old english (dun) eggs under her, and a few silkie eggs, lol...will be interesting. I have our first hatch in the incubator, first week gone. Lookin forward to having the chicks [​IMG].
     
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  7. Puresilk

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    went out this morning and all the eggs were just kind of scattered around her in the nest, only 1 or 2 under her (I put them back under her). Does it take alittle bit for a hen to take eggs or does that mean she wont be a good broody?
     

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