update on broody situation and egg production

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fiddlebanshee, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, yesterday, I moved the 5 week olds to their new forever home (still separate from the juvenile chickens in that coop) and I put the two 2 y/o broody chickens into the brooder. They are sitting on pdz, no straw, no shavings, just nice cool sand, Enough I hope to cool them down some and break them from the boodiness they've been in since 3 weeks.

    In those 3 weeks I got about 4 to 5 eggs a day from the remaining 14 chickens and was starting to think the remaining chickens all of a sudden all started to molt, but I didn't see any feathers being shed. Yesterday after I moved the broodies in the morning, I got 8 eggs. Coincidence? I don't know, but it is striking. We'll see how many we get today.

    Question for all you folks who have dealt with broodies, how long should I keep them in the brooder? I was thinking 2 to 3 days or should I keep them in there until they lay an egg? Them being 2 y/o that might actually not be coming soon. But I don't know. What do you all think?
     
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    Broodies usually quit their job after they've raised their chicks for a few weeks. When the chicks are independent, the mom kinda rejects them and moves on with life.
     
  3. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh sorry, I should have clarified, they were not sitting on eggs. I have no adult roosters at this point in time and thus no fertile eggs, besides I didn't want to deal with another age group at this point in the game. So they've been hatching straw for the last 3 weeks and we've been collecting eggs from under them that they managed to steal from other hens.
     

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