*sigh* broody question....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cjeanean, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

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    I have 2 broodies, one that's mean as none other and one that's pretty docile. They are in with the gen pop in the coop, and I think that resulted in the other chickens eating the pipping eggs while the broodies went out to do their business. This is the question:

    If I separated the broodies, can I put them together? And how much room would they need, I would put them in a dog crate with a little fenced in yard at the mouth of it a few feet by a few feet....Together or alone???
     
  2. needtohatch

    needtohatch Songster

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    I would seperate them. This is the set up I used for mine. It is a watermellon crate I got from my local grocery store. I did let/take her out 1-2 times per day. Now her and the chick come and go as they please and the rest of the flock pretty much ingnors them. Good luck!
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  3. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

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    I'm beginning to think that broodies are a whole other kind of issue compared to the incubator. I'm having broody issues also. I have had a millie who has spent two days trying to steal the nest of some cochins. The eggs are due today and one just hatched under the millie - now she is desperate to get it back.

    I tried caging her with different eggs and she went ballistic.

    I have caged the two cochins together in the past and they co-parented just fine. I used a large dog crate.

    As long as the two broodies can get along I would seperate them from the general population.
     

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