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Separate broody hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bantam_n00b, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. bantam_n00b

    bantam_n00b Songster

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    I have a broody hen with a roo in a breeding pen and i was wondering if i should take the roo out? Everytime the roo goes even remotely close to the hen she screeches and i'm just wondering if i should take him out? Any suggestions? I had a different pair in the breeding pen before and the broody didnt screech at the roo. Chickens do have different personalities. I just dont want the roo to be bothering her in anyway to keep the eggs from hatching.
     

  2. bturbo87

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    I would separate him just because it seems to me that she views him as a threat. That is my opinion though. I right now have a broody hen myself but I am just not sure if the eggs are fertilized. I am going to candle light them in a couple of days and if they are I am going to separate her just because there are 10+ more chickens in there. Even though she is trying to sit on every egg that is being laid. It is kind of funny because she is a Cornish hen and trying to lay on 8+ and more coming.
     
  3. bantam_n00b

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    Yeah i was thinking of separating him too. Is your cornish still laying? I had a oeg bantam hen lay 11 eggs, all but one hatched i was really impressed. The oeg bantam hen that is broody right now is broody on 9 eggs. Im really excited about this hatch.
     
  4. bturbo87

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    Yes she is still laying. Yet one of the other chickens are now chasing her off the nest but we are now building a new coop and run because we have 48 chickens now and half are still young and are not able to go outside yet so before they are able to I would like to make the coop and run bigger and move it. I also want to make the cornish their own coop and run so at least if one of the hens become broody again I can just separate the roo and the other hen from it. But good luck on your hatch!!
     
  5. kano

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    I always separate the broody hens to another little pen.
     

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