*Update* A question about my broody hen, Lulu (with cute pic)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Annie75, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Annie75

    Annie75 Chirping

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ok. So I'm getting in the car now to guy buy the fertile eggs. Lulu will be sitting on them within the hour. No one has stopped me and I'm not in control of myself so there's no-one to blame but you BYC folk (that's what I'm telling my hubby anyways). [​IMG]

    Hi everyone

    Lulu is my cutie-pie silkie and she has been broody for 5 days now. It took a bit of effort but I found a local supplier of fertile eggs and went to buy 6 frizzle pekin bantam and 6 light sussex eggs to put under her tonight. Anyway when I got to the place to pick them up it turned out the guy had accidentally left his eggs at his parent's place. So I have to go back tomorrow. If I get them and place them under her tomorrow evening, will she sit for long enough? It means that she'll be sitting for around 27 days by the time they hatch (and me being the worrywort I am I'm afraid she'll give up if they don't hatch on time).

    I'd appreciate your expert opinions: Break up her broodiness and try again next time, or trust her silkie headed determination and get her some eggs to hatch anyway?

    Here is a picture of her first clutch of mixed bantams. She was so proud of herself....she's never even had a boyfriend (I haven't explained the facts of life to her yet).

    Last edited: Aug 24, 2011
  2. Harrietsmum

    Harrietsmum Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of a boyfriend......lots of human new mums also claim to have never know a man! [​IMG]
  3. Annie75

    Annie75 Chirping

    Jul 17, 2011
    Quote:So true. Actually when I have my baby making appointments with my doctor, half the time my husband isn't even there.

    So anyone else?? I'm gonna throw caution to the wind and put eggs under her tonight. It's 1pm where I am, you've got about 4 hours to stop me....
  4. Tiss

    Tiss Songster

    May 8, 2010
    My last broody sat for 33 days. She sat 10 days on duds. Then I got her new hatching eggs and another 23 days. She even sat 2 days after the first chicks hatched trying to get every last egg to hatch. And the most wonderful thing about it is that I'd treated her unsuccessfully for bumble foot twice. All that sitting cured her!

    I say go for it!
  5. petchickenlover

    petchickenlover Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    My broodies sat for about 2 months before anything hatched. Determined little things!
  6. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    I say go for't!! [​IMG]

    ~ Aspen [​IMG]
  7. Sphinx

    Sphinx Songster

    May 10, 2010
    Still quite clueless about chickens, and my advice shouldn't be taken, but here's what I've found in my very limited experience: My broody was broody for several days before I gave her eggs. I let her sit on them for 25 days before accepting they were duds, and then gave her a new bunch of eggs. We're 14 days in on that bunch, and she's still broody. Looking a little worse for wear, but determined to hatch these eggs.

    So, I bet your broody will stick it out.

    (FTR, once these eggs hatch (or dont), I will be breaking her of her broodiness when this is over)

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