Should I bring in my outside broody? (Long) So cold!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by buckbeak, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. buckbeak

    buckbeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,
    So last night one of my hens was missing from the coop at bedtime- a first for us. We looked and looked and assumed she was the victim of either a hawk or the new plumber who was working at our house yesterday. I shed a few tears. Mid morning before work today I went out to toss a few handfuls of corn to the chickens because it is so cold & there she was. And then after work today, she was gone again. So after lots more searching, we have located her sitting on a nest under our deck next to the house in a well- hidden, well-protected area. However it is supposed to get down to the single digits over the next few nights, so I think I should bring her in. Several issues:

    1. I have 3 silkies, 2 of which have been broody so far. 1 stayed in the coop the whole time on 4 eggs, 3 of which hatched successfully at which time we brought them all inside in a dog crate. 1 started sitting the week before Christmas & quit early last week. We tried to hatch the eggs, but it didn't work. We had moved her into our sunroom in the dog crate so she'd be warmer, but this segrated her from the flock. We don't know if this was the cause of her quitting or not. Finally, the point is that I don't know if this is the quitter or not. I don't know how many eggs she's on either.

    2. If I move her inside with the eggs, will she quit because she can't get access to the flock?

    3. If I don't move her, will she freeze to death on the nest?

    4. SHould I try the coop? There's a heat lamp in there, which would keep her warm, but the light may be disruptive.
     
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Gosh... I don't know. I tried to move a broody and her eggs and it didn't work for me. She stayed with them for a day or two and was off.

    The single digits temperature drop would probably make me try it again though. I'd be afraid she wouldn't make it.
     
  3. buckbeak

    buckbeak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I moved her into the sunroom- I couldn't stand the thought of her freezing to death in the cold. She has a nest on 13 eggs!!! So that probably means that she was the first broody- not the one who quit. I thought egg production was down because of lack of sunlight & cold!! She freaked out at first trying to find the original nest, but seems to be starting to sit now after eating and drinking.
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Wow! That's a lot of eggs! I hope she does fantastic and stays on them for you. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    good luck with your broody, and hopefully she'll stay on the nest.
     
  6. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I've had some broodies quit as soon as I moved them and others who have hung in there. I have a silkie on eggs in the spare bedroom now...lol

    Good luck !!

    Julie [​IMG]
     

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