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Broody hen?
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tim in pa    Posted 08-12-2004 at 06:56:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
good morning. this is a chicken question, looks like the timing is bad. we have 5 rhode island reds (last years peeps) and 5 golden comets (this years peeps). i think the golden comets have begun to lay. one of the rhode island reds is spending a lot of time in the nesting box. is this broody? does she want to set/hatch? any thoughts or recommendations here are greatly appreciated. thanks.


egh    Posted 08-12-2004 at 11:34:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
reach in the nest and see how many fingers you
come back with, if you are missing any fingers
or skin, she is probally sitting. just keep some
food and water near as possible to her, she will get off the nest once a day to poop and eat and
drink. and what Tom was saying about the time of
year i agree with that, alot will depend on where
you live. its a math problem, first its 21 days
until your hatch date, thats around the first of sept. then your looking at 2 to 3 more weeks until
they are good and feathered out. say the 3rd week
in sept. then its up to what kind of weather you
have in late sept. i have a hen who started this
morning and like Tom was saying about this time of
year, normally i would not let her sit because okla in august is hotter than 9 kinds of hell, and
i would not want her sitting in the extreme heat. but
its been real nice here, about 10 degrees below
normal, so i will let sit again. folks up north
can start getting frost and snow in late september.
so with what ever you decide to do i wish you the best. egh


Bkeepr    Posted 08-12-2004 at 07:07:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sitting in a nest box is one indication that she may be, but is not the true test of "broody." Sometimes they just like to sit there.

When a hen really goes broody, she'll set on the eggs to the exclusion of almost everything else...you can take her off them and walk her elsewhere, and as soon as you turn your back, she'll be setting on the eggs again. Early-on she might get off the nest once a day to eat or drink, but rarely after about a week into the hatch. One of ours went broody last week, and it is getting too late in the season to let her brood so we've been trying to "break the spell" and stop, which isn't always easy. We have a few that go broody every spring, and let them raise a few dozen chicks for us but not this time of year.

Tom A


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