First Broody Lady

Discussion in 'Broody Hens & Egg Laying' started by grampsjim, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Well-Known Member

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    I had one for six years and then she went in to kidney failure and died. I cried for a year. I saw her ghost. I didn't tell anyone. One time my daughter comes for a visit, and one night she says "Mom, I see Clementine" . So I wasn't the only one.

    I did use crate training. A pee outside got her a 1/2 an hour loose in the house. She caught on real quick.
     
  2. nannypattyrn

    nannypattyrn Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry about your little doggie. We had a red dappled dachshund who lived 8 years and developed paralysis and we had to have her put down. I still miss her!
     

  3. Barredrockmom

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    Rule of thumb with puppies and potty training. Take them out 20 minutes after eating or drinking. Being a tech and not wanting to clean up pee all day long, this was the general rule. And it worked. It also teaches them to go outside. No dog likes to soil their digs.
     
  4. nannypattyrn

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    Thx, Barredrockmom! I think that's a great idea. Fortunately, our weather is still very warm and nice outside so she stays outside with our schnauzer. I let her in when I visualize the acts in the evening then take her out every 30 to 45 min. We're also crate training her as is our other dog
    She's doing much better.
     
  5. nannypattyrn

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    3 weeks old!
     

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  6. pinkmartin

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    Awww! They grow so fast!
     
  7. nannypattyrn

    nannypattyrn Well-Known Member

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    How long after mama hen hatches her brood before she starts laying again?
     
  8. Alaskan

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    Depends on if you leave her with the chicks. As long as she is being mama, no eggs.
     
  9. nannypattyrn

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    Ok, then when and how should I separate them?
     
  10. Alaskan

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    I dunno... Depends on you.

    I like keeping them together since then the mom will not let any hens beat up on the little chicks. Yeah, rah, less work and stress for me.
     
  11. nannypattyrn

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    Ok, I'll probably leave them together a few more weeks. I can leave them out here at night just about anytime because our temps are still pretty mild. Mama is still getting in the nest with them. When they can hop up on the roost , they'll be on their own.
     
  12. nannypattyrn

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    5 weeks old. They are getting further from mom each day.
     
  13. nannypattyrn

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    Here's the picture for the last note.
     

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  14. Alaskan

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    Oooh! They look like a good size now. Are they all together in the main flock now?
     
  15. nannypattyrn

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    They have been since they were about a week or so old. The big girls and roo just take them in stride.
     
  16. Alaskan

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    Awesome to hear that!
     
  17. seminolewind

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    Yea, they're a good size already.
     
  18. nannypattyrn

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    Well mama hen has raised her first batch. She's cut them loose, they're on their own. They had to be shown how to use the roost, buf they were all on it last night. They look like little chickens instead of fuzzy babies. Now if they will just stay away from any hawks or other preds in the area.
     
  19. nannypattyrn

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    How long after the chicks are grown does it take mom to lay again?
     
  20. Alaskan

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    Depends on the hen... It being fall, the chances are low... She probably will not want to start laying again until spring.