Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist
- Mar 11, 2017
For those of you that were successful at sneaking chicks under a broody, how long was she sitting first?
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Thank you everyone this advice is all good. Essentially, I have a persistent broody. I think she went broody 4 times last summer, never laid eggs, and every time I broke her a week or two later she was broody again. This summer when she went broody the first time I gave her eggs, which she hatched, and raised and only recently the littles went to live with a friend of mine (maybe 8 weeks old, we wanted them to be able to be without heat in our outdoor temps). She had only been laying eggs again for a week and has already quit laying again and been sitting in the nest box for a week. So long story short, I know she is generally determined to sit, and I know she is capable of raising littles, but this time around she has only been sitting a week. I think, based on what you all said, that I will let her sit one more week. If they still have fall chick days chicks I will give her a few, if not, I will break her. I don't really want her sitting much longer than that if she isn't raising anything. This really can't be good for her in the long run, all these crazy hormones. Also it sounds like sneaking them in at night is best since they'll all be locked in the coop at night regardless.