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should I be worried about my broodies?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by eenie114, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

    Or am I just paranoid? Anne and Ella havn't been off thier nests in 3 days. They've been on the nests for 4 days. Its like 95 degrees out there, and I'm worried they'll get dehydrated. I took them a dish of water, but Ella got really mad (not normal at all) and Anne ignored me. [​IMG] should I worry?
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    They usually have a good sense of self preservation. Broody's being irked at you sounds very normal. My nicest hen, turned into the devil incarnate, when she was broody. They are probably sneaking off the nest when you are not looking.
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing 9 Years

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I wouldn't worry. I've got a Del and she didn't look like she had been off either. Then today there were three super huge piles of poo. They don't seem to eat very much during brooding. Just enough to keep them going. Maybe that's why their combs fade.

    You could put a little vitamins in the water. Maybe their system goes into suspended animation. Don't forget the pics after she's done.
  4. abqferreira

    abqferreira In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2010
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    I'm worried about this as well. Our first hen has gone broody about 4 days ago. I put fertile eggs under her last night, and I haven't seen her off the nest at all. I read in the forum that you shouldn't put food/water in the nest box because they need to get up daily and stretch/poo. I tried giving her food and water to see her response, and she started eating the food like she was ravenous.

    What should I do for the next 3 weeks? Force her off her eggs daily? Just give in and let her eat on her eggs?
  5. MrChicken207

    MrChicken207 Chirping

    Jun 4, 2010
    Caribou, Maine
    Leave her be. She'll take care of herself. If you're worried about the heat, I'd make sure that you keep her in a cooler area, (shade, ventilation). Remember, chickens are tropical birds by nature. As a rule, they can handle 95 degrees alot better than we can. Forcing her off the eggs daily might break her of being broody.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2010
  6. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing 8 Years

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I am on day 15. I have two broodies, and only caught one hen off one time. The other does not look like she has EVER moved. BUT she has too, animals WILL be dead in 3 days without water. If she is alive and doing well, you can be confident that she is getting off to drink water, and if she is drinking, she is eating too.

    Like an above post said, they know more about it, than we do. The best part of a broody is she does the work! Mrs.K
  7. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing 9 Years

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    It's a rare thing for me to see my broodies off the nest. I have a pen for one and i watch for softball size poos in the pen. They shwo up every couple of days for so.

    Don't worry, just make sure they ahve food and water and watch for them eating and drinking.
  8. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    nah I wouldn't worry about it. Our hens do the same. [​IMG] Somtimes our hens stay on their nests for daaaaayyyyyssss w/o food or water.
  9. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    Not wishing to worry folk, and, whilst agreeing with the earlier posts, some broody hens DO get it wrong.

    It seems to happen particularly with the first clutch that the newbie broody just sits. I had a girl who I am pretty sure would have died if I had done nothing. She got lower and lower onto her eggs, and after 5 days when she had eaten no food and probably not drunk either, I found her with her head down (Food and water only a foot away).I picked her up from her eggs (no protest) and tried to stand her away from her eggs. She could not stand. I pushed the water dish under her head whilst holding her and she drank, and drank, and drank.....going on for about ten minutes. She took a little corn and could stand again after about 10 minutes. She spied her eggs and strolled back over. I lifted her again that same day when she drank copiously again, and thereafter lifted her daily to eat and drink out of sight of her eggs. She successfully hatched her eggs.

    Broody again at the moment, she is getting off her eggs daily and eating and drinking by herself (Thank goodness!).

    I think if the broody is taking food and fluid outside the box....great. If she won't come out....food and water in the box. Drastic measures only needed with the very rare exception.


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