Is my hen broody?

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by HeyHeyEvie, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. HeyHeyEvie

    HeyHeyEvie New Member

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    She's been squawking like a mad fool when I approach her box, and I think she's been sitting on all the eggs in there for a couple days now. She won't let me reach in to pet her like she usually does. Any advice?

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    And the egg in there are from my leghorns, none of them are even hers! :)
     
  2. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    Awww, you have a mama wanna be. I went through this in August with my Australorp. She was so determined. Didn't care whose eggs those were, those were her eggs. Period. She too would get extremely mad if I went near her and that nest box. Normally she's my love bug. I took her out anyway and closed her out of there. Made her go out and play with the other girls. She'd holler at me for it too. I don't have a roo so gosh I had no idea how long she'd have sit there. Went on for about a week. I just kept taking her out and blocking the nest boxes on her. Especially at night or she'd be right back in there. She was just as miserable as I was. Good luck. :D
     

  3. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    Sound broody to me ... :)

    What did you want the advice on? Do you want her to hatch them out or how to break the brood?
     
  4. HeyHeyEvie

    HeyHeyEvie New Member

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    I'd like for her to hatch them as they are the only fertile eggs I will have. (Got some hens from a farm with Roos 3 days ago, those are the eggs she's sitting on) I don't have any roosters myself, they aren't allowed in city limits. I was just wondering if she will be able to hatch them with the weather starting to cool down and if she does hatch them, then what? Do I take them out? Let them be? Thanks!
     
  5. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    It is best for a hatch to be in warm weather but it has/can be done. Where do you live at? (If I may ask :) general area)
     
  6. HeyHeyEvie

    HeyHeyEvie New Member

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    Well I went out this morning and she isn't sitting on the nest anymore, she wouldn't go anywhere near it actually. I live in Wichita Falls TX, it's starting to get between 50-60 degrees at night now. The eggs were pretty chilled when I did my pull this morning, so I brought them in and put them In the incubator. Is there still a chance that they could hatch? Or should I call it quits and put them in the refrigerator.
     
  7. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Never say die!!!!
     
  8. HeyHeyEvie

    HeyHeyEvie New Member

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    I want to hatch them so badly! I'm hanging on to hope!
     
  9. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Many famous people have hung on to less. Always something to be learned from any experience.
     
  10. Roslyn

    Roslyn A Round American Woman

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    It doesn't hurt to try, the worst that can happen is that you make some nasty stink bombs.

    I had a hen hatch her first brood on Thanksgiving Day. It was cold too, but she raised her two little ones the whole way thru the winter.
     
  11. Italy-Dan

    Italy-Dan New Member

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    Broody hens are intractable! :D But they raise their chicks very well
     
  12. HeyHeyEvie

    HeyHeyEvie New Member

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    I have the eggs inside now in a home made incubator. She stopped laying on them all together. :( hopefully I will see some little chicks soon.
     
  13. blondie

    blondie New Member

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    I have a Silkie broody right now that for the first two weeks would leave the nest for an hour or so twice a day. The eggs felt chilled to me, each time I checked them. When I candled on day 7 and 10 they were growing just fine. Today is day 20 and I hear little peeps coming from her eggs. She has been a sweetheart ever since she went broody. Lets me stroke her back and she seems to really enjoy it. I have to hand feed her now as she won't get off her nest until the hatch is over. Keep the faith, those eggs may do just fine.