Washingtonians Come Together! Washington Peeps

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Nifty-Chicken, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Llamacorn

    Llamacorn Chirping

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    It's been to long! I recently added a baby to our family (the human kind). Now one of my hens is broody! Our chicken acquaintance who I nicknamed my "chicken dealer" is giving us some fertile eggs tomorrow to give her. My question as s first time chicken mom is do I let her be broody in the coop? Don't really have room in my house for her and the eggs.
     
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  2. mixedbreeds

    mixedbreeds Songster

    I build a nest box out of plywood and put it in a colapsable dog cage I think they are 36” x24” make a nest from straw put eggs in the nest in the evening and go get the broody and let her go faceing the eggs. They normally zoom onto the eggs. Keep water and food in the crate.
     
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  3. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    can you giver her ground floor room in the coop where she is not bothered by others ?
     
  4. Llamacorn

    Llamacorn Chirping

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    Is this something I could put in the run if I covered the sides?
     
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  5. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Run or coop itself not sure how big your coop is in did a little box square big enough
    for the hen 3 x 3 if you cover birds will roost on it mine is open off the floor less than a inch whole oblong for size of broody's she needs to be safe in there I have a lip so peeps have to be bigger to get out till she wants them too
     
  6. mixedbreeds

    mixedbreeds Songster

    I Don’t see why not
     
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    mixedbreeds Songster

    Oh and you get to clean up broody poop:sick
     
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  8. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Yes lot's of it a serious broody will not leave the box
     
  9. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers

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    I leave the broody silkie hens in with the flock much of the time.
     
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  10. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Easier to make transitions of peeps as broody kills to protect as she brings them out like a ninja
     

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