VITAMIN B 12 DROPS FOR A BROODY HEN

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Suzi18, Jun 9, 2017.

  1. Suzi18

    Suzi18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just wondering if it would be beneficial to give my now 3 week broody hen vitamin B 12 drops? I do make her come out several times a day to make sure she is eating/drinking and pooping but thought it might be an added boost for her. Any thoughts??
     
  2. lazy gardener

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    I would leave her alone, and let her do her thing. She'll come off the nest to eat/drink/poo when the timing is right for her and her clutch of eggs. Why Vit B 12?
     
  3. Suzi18

    Suzi18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She doesn't have any eggs. I know Vit B 12 can help give them a little boost in times of stress, illness etc. Just thought it might help since she isn't eating and drinking and moving about like she normally would.
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    If you're not going to let her hatch eggs, you should break her. Setting takes a lot out of a hen.
     
  5. Suzi18

    Suzi18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know...that's why I am asking about the B 12. I prefer to let nature take its course and let her finish it out.
     
  6. lazy gardener

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    Finish brooding nothing? She may sit the nest all summer. In that "nature taking it's course" she could loose a lot of condition. Continual broodiness can have a long lasting ill effect on a hen's health. I strongly suggest that you give her fertile eggs, chicks, or break her.
     
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  7. Suzi18

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    Thanks but I am confident she won't sit on it all summer.
     
  8. kasfluv

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    Is it the best thing to "break" a broody hen?
    My hen is EXTREMELY Broody - she is still caring for her 7 week old chick, laid 20 eggs in 20 days - and is now Broody - AGAIN.
    I want to do what is best for her. Any suggestions? I only have the two birds.
    Thank you!!
     
  9. lazy gardener

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    Yes, I would break her. What breed is she?
     
  10. kasfluv

    kasfluv Just Hatched

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    No idea what breed. I would get her another fertile egg - or break the Broody behavior - but want to do what is best and healthiest for her....
    Help!!!'
     

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