to move or not to move eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rach4, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. Rach4

    Rach4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our Bantam Hen has gone broody again and is currently sitting on 6 eggs. The worry I have is that she is sitting on dirt... no hay and is not in the coop. I have managed to build around her a make shift coop which is ridiculously tiny, but protecting her from any unwanted predators. As I have been trying to deal with chemo at the moment I haven't given to much more thought until tonight realizing that she only has a week to go before hatching season. My questions are should I move the eggs somewhere more practical, or try to get some hay under the eggs when she leaves for a feed and poop. I don't want to disturb her, but don't want to do nothing if it's not good. Any suggestions I thank in advance
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Since you are in Aus, I'd suggest leaving her where she is and don't interfere in any way - it may jeopardise the hatch. Dry soil works perfectly well - thats what i have used in the past for my broody hens. I hope the chemo does its thing.

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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    So they are due to hatch in a week, she's been sitting for two weeks?
    Does she have room in the enclosure to get up and eat/drink/poop?
    Agrees that moving it all now would be risky.
    That should be fine until they hatch, then you might want to move them all to a safer place.
     
  4. Rach4

    Rach4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for that was a tad worried as the temps have dropped a touch here and isn't as warm as it has been previous summers. When she laid two weeks ago it was warm temps but the next couple days aren't going to be to warm, I have managed to wind proof the little coop. Thanks for help and kind words
     
  5. Rach4

    Rach4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah it's just been two weeks, last batch she hatched was spot on to three weeks. There is enough room for her to stand and move, but not enough space for my liking. She comes out every day around the same time in the arvo, so I always check to make sure their is water in her little bowl, food in the corner just in case and no poop left behind. So far so good, She tends to come out to do all of that, I just like to make sure that their is extra incase she doesn't come out. I have sectioned off our coop (seems to be a palace now! what started off being 3 x 3 coop now seems to be more like 8 x 8) for when the new arrivals come. Thanks for your input and help
     

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