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Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
should i move this broody hen
« on: June 21, 2014, 05:41:30 pm »
One of my little brown hens has gone broody. She didn't come home to roost wed night and I thought she might have been taken by a dog as I couldn't find her anywhere. Anyway, came home at lunch time Friday and she was in the garden but disappeared again a while later.

After searching for hours in my overgrown field I finally found her Sat on a nest in a clump of nettles. Now I have found her I don't know whether to move her to a broody coop or leave her be.

I want broody hens and am really chuffed she has gone broody but I worry whether the chicks will be ok when they hatch with the other chickens.

Is it really worth risking her not sitting on the eggs again if I move her? Should I just let nature take its course?

bloomer

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • leslie, fife
  • i have chickens, sheep and opinions!!!
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2014, 06:09:40 pm »
question 1, do you have foxes around you?


question 2, is there any shelter where she wants to sit?




Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2014, 07:01:49 pm »
No, there are no foxes.

She is in a big thicket of tall weeds and grass next to a dry stone wall

bloomer

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • leslie, fife
  • i have chickens, sheep and opinions!!!
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2014, 07:09:07 pm »
id be tempted to leave her chickens have been hatching eggs where ever they feel like for 1000's of years!!!

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2014, 08:54:13 pm »
I usually prepare a broody coop (I've used pallets, puppy crates, fruit boxes ....) set the eggs in it and added the broody just before dusk.  I leave her with water and food and don't go near her until I swap the pellets for chick crumbs in readiness for hatching.

bigchicken

  • Joined Nov 2008
  • Fife Scotland
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2014, 11:02:09 pm »
You have no foxes lucky you. If her eggs are of value to you Can you not pop a broody coop over her that's what I would do better safe than sorry. Best of luck.
Shetland sheep, Castlemilk Moorits sheep, Hebridean sheep, Scots Grey Bantams, Scots Dumpy Bantams. Shetland Ducks.

Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2014, 08:11:14 am »
Thanks everyone for the advise. If she manages to hatch the eggs then I'm definitely going to put her and the chicks in a broody coop but I think I will leave her for the time being. The eggs arnt valuable particularly, the chicks will go in the freezer when old enough and I'm on my own and can't lift my broody coop that far, good idea to plonk it on top of her though.

Fingers crossed everything goes ok for her

Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2014, 06:05:48 pm »
Little update for you - my little broody stayed safe in the nettles and this morning she hatched 10 out of 12 eggs. I've scooped them all up and put them in my broody coop :)  :chook: :chook: :chook:

lord flynn

  • Joined Mar 2012
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2014, 07:14:49 pm »
thats ace :)

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 07:15:19 pm »
Excellent result  :trophy:  :chook:
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Victorian Farmer

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Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2014, 10:23:13 am »
That's made my day..

Thank you have a nice day.

little blue

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Derbyshire
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2014, 08:10:51 pm »
aw, that's great.  Good hatch rate :)

Another fortnight on ours - can't wait!!
Little Blue

ladyK

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Conwy Valley
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2014, 10:20:28 pm »
wow, that's great.  :thumbsup:
gives me hope for mine - one of my brown hens has just gone broody too, I have no cockerel but hoping to get some hatching eggs for her to sit on tomorrow.
I think I'm going to leave her where she is (safe spot) having read that thread.

EDIT: sorry about the double posting (now removed), phone shenanigans!
« Last Edit: July 11, 2014, 12:46:22 pm by ladyK »
"If one way is better than another, it is the way of nature." (Aristotle)

bigchicken

  • Joined Nov 2008
  • Fife Scotland
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2014, 12:38:10 pm »
All well that ends well.
Shetland sheep, Castlemilk Moorits sheep, Hebridean sheep, Scots Grey Bantams, Scots Dumpy Bantams. Shetland Ducks.

Stereo

  • Joined Aug 2012
Re: should i move this broody hen
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2014, 04:08:19 pm »
Excellent. Clever girl. I was hunting for a water stopcock in some thistles the other day when I heard broody cluckings.  I peered in to the undergrowth and finally saw a hen pheasant with a good clutch of chicks, a few of them riding around on her back like our chickens do. She's gone now and 1 unhatched egg remains with about 10 shells. I think the lesson is to leave them be if they want to do it their way. There is a risk but it's worth taking.

 

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