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We have a broody hen!!!

Post by Sonshine on Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:31 pm

YAY! I'm so excited. We've had hens that went broody before, but were not set up to seperate them from the general population, so nothing ever came of it. This time Joe found a way to seperate her from the others. She's been setting for a week now, so we're hoping she's serious about it. Now for some questions, how long till they hatch? After they hatch, how long till they can be incorporated into the flock? Do we need to get some chick feed, or will mamma take care of them? Thanks in advance for the answers.

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Re: We have a broody hen!!!

Post by FreeBird58 on Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:06 am

You have her seperated now all you have to do is keep her fed and watered. We just went through that . Just keep feeding her good high protein layer till the eggs hatch then switch to starter/ grower. We use 20% for layer and grower. Mark your calender when you set the eggs under her and count ahead 21 days you should have babies. Main thing is to just let nature take it's course. You didn't say what kind of hen it is. Some are more broody than others. If you have an incubator you might want to fire it up just in case she looses interest so you won't waste a clutch of eggs.

Now just sit back and relax and watch one of God's many wonders manifest before your eyes.
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Post by amybyrd21 on Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:57 am

We had a broody hen take up nest in a christmas tree box last year. I had to feed and water her because she hated Rebeka. She flogged her every time she opened the building door. It is fun to watch when they hatch. I think she will take care of the placing them in the flock for you. Ours did. We use the 20% grower and mix it with crushed corn when they get a little older to wean them off of it.

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Post by Sonshine on Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:23 am

FreeBird58 wrote:You have her seperated now all you have to do is keep her fed and watered. We just went through that . Just keep feeding her good high protein layer till the eggs hatch then switch to starter/ grower. We use 20% for layer and grower. Mark your calender when you set the eggs under her and count ahead 21 days you should have babies. Main thing is to just let nature take it's course. You didn't say what kind of hen it is. Some are more broody than others. If you have an incubator you might want to fire it up just in case she looses interest so you won't waste a clutch of eggs.

Now just sit back and relax and watch one of God's many wonders manifest before your eyes.

She's a Buff Orpington. We put a feeder and waterer in there with her, but she doesn't seem to be eating or drinking very much. Thank you for the number of days. I thought I had read somewhere that it was 21 days, but wanted to make sure. I'm really excited. We've had hens go broody before, but they didn't have their own little space, so soon lost interest. Joe reminded me that it's actually been 11 days since she started setting, so hopefully in 10 days we'll have some babies. Smile

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Post by amybyrd21 on Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:34 am

Take pics so we can see them. I have a few buffs in my group and a few who knows what they are I have no idea I just bought mixed chickens. I cant wait until they start laying eggs and having babies.

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Post by Sonshine on Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:16 am

If I can ever figure out how to post pics I will. Smile Joe had a video of the goats playing he wanted to post, but wound up just posted a site to go to to see them.

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Post by CajunMom on Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:19 pm

Sonshine,

Try this link where Amybyrd21 explained to me how to post pictures. It is pretty simple instructions. We had 8 chicks hatch this year. They are so cute.
http://christianhomesteader.forumotion.net/general-homesteading-f2/how-to-post-pictures-t440.htm#2156

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Post by Sonshine on Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:44 am

Thanks CajunMom. I'll try to get pics when they hatch. Right now I have another hen that's gone broody. Which leads me to another question; can I put her in the same area as the other one that's setting? Or do I need different areas? Thanks in advance.

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Post by amybyrd21 on Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:46 am

Mine set in the same area and sometimes on the same nest.

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Post by Sonshine on Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:41 am

Yeah, but remember, we seperated the first one that went broody. Should I put the second one in with the first? We have 3 next boxes in the area with the broody hen.

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Post by amybyrd21 on Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:51 am

When mine are free range they pick where they nest at. Alot of times they all want to be together in the same barn stall. Hubby has feeding boxes on the wall in there and they pick them. He built them up off the ground about waist high and long. I line it with hay every year in the spring and they line up in it. they can get in and out from the bottom of the dor but nothing else can get in.I think they dell safe in there and they never fight or anything.

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