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Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Blue_Myst, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    There is snow falling outside, a cold, cold wind blowing, the trees are laden with ice, snow is piled deep enough that a path needs to be shoveled to the coop, the chickens are restless from being inside for so long, and, lastly, two hormonal broody hens on the favorite nests [​IMG]

    This is not what I had expected, two hens wanting to be mommas in the middle (well, not even the middle, the beginning!) of a frozen February. These two hens are around six years old . . . maybe their broody-clock went bonkers.

    Ah well, at least the eggs will stay warm until I can collect them!

    Anyone else got some early broodies?
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    LOL.

    I don't think my early broody counts, because it's been above freezing here! But my little silkie girl has been setting on 4 eggs for a week already. She usually hatches me about 5 batches a year. She's awesome!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Martin Grove Farm

    Martin Grove Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    No early broodies here -- Thank goodness
     
  4. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I have two crazy mama's too! Why on earth would they want to have chicks now in this weather? If they did would the chicks be able to survive?
     
  5. Martin Grove Farm

    Martin Grove Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, we did have a banty that hatched 5 babies 2 weeks ago. We didn't even know she was on eggs. Unfortunately none of them survived.
     
  6. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    These hens go broody each 1-3 times a year, and it's usually one AND the other, so I guess this shouldn't surprise me. I agree, I don't know why they went broody right now--the poor chicks wouldn't stand a chance. Maybe it has something to do with the coop light I have on . . .?

    Well, we did have a banty that hatched 5 babies 2 weeks ago. We didn't even know she was on eggs. Unfortunately none of them survived.

    I'm very sorry to hear that. [​IMG] It is not a good time for chicks, no matter where you are in North America.

    No early broodies here -- Thank goodness

    Wanna trade? [​IMG]
     
  7. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Every winter I have broodies. I take it as a sign that my birds are happy and I keep them well fed. [​IMG]


    I have a bantam RIR/Rosecomb cross who is just getting back to laying after raising two thru Dec. and another with eggs pipping today [​IMG]


    Mine brood in negative temps and do not have heat or a light in their coop. Chicks stay with mom, who goes outside with them. I am just careful to be sure and keep them all well fed and watered.
     
  8. breezes_banties_n_bratts

    breezes_banties_n_bratts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have two broody hens right now. a silkie on some eggs and a phoenix on her eggs. cant wait to see phoenix chicks, daddy a wcb bantam polish lol
     
  9. tplummer

    tplummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have silkies. Yes, we have little horders. We collected 5 the other day that two girls were laying on.
     

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