Time to watch how the pros do it

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Time to watch how the pros do it

Post by Reboot » Tue May 14, 2019 9:35 pm

Thanks to Harvey Ussery's book I believe I've identified a broody hen in our flock. I quickly slapped together a brooding box for her, gave her exclusive domain over a portion of the coop with fresh pine shavings and will leave her undisturbed with her own feed and water. I waited until dark, pet her awhile in the community nest box then carefully lifted her out of the nest and placed her in her new nest box in the brooder. 3 toasty eggs were in her original nest box which I placed under her. I pushed my luck by including 5 eggs from another nest box left by other hens today. I think they can manage 12 eggs so I'll settle for 8 in a clutch and if she feels up to it she can add more. That was very cool, she let me pick her up and place her in her new nest and the whole time I was prepared to feel a beak through my hand but not drop her! The hen was strangely stiff, low and flat like a saucer and the whole time she made low purring noises until I set her in the new nest. Now the test is to see if the fancy Brinsea 56 EX can keep up with mother nature; my money is on Mom. I tell you homesteading endeavours can be downright crushingly stressful then other times it is so awe inspiring I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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Re: Time to watch how the pros do it

Post by Killerbunny » Wed May 15, 2019 6:03 am

That was the book I used when I had my very first broody too. The whole thing is very cool. Best of luck!
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Re: Time to watch how the pros do it

Post by kenya » Wed May 15, 2019 7:01 am

Best of luck, broodies are the best way to raise chicks, the chicks are far healthier.
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Re: Time to watch how the pros do it

Post by Ontario Chick » Wed May 15, 2019 8:38 am

My bet is on the hen ;)
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Re: Time to watch how the pros do it

Post by Kbr42 » Wed May 15, 2019 10:56 am

Shhhhhhh, don't tell anyone, I put 5 eggs under my last broody silkie today!
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Re: Time to watch how the pros do it

Post by Kbr42 » Sat May 18, 2019 2:09 pm

Kbr42 wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:56 am
Shhhhhhh, don't tell anyone, I put 5 eggs under my last broody silkie today!
All 5 of those eggs are developing :banana:
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Re: Time to watch how the pros do it

Post by kenya » Sat May 18, 2019 2:19 pm

I have 4 broodies hiding back behind things that makes it difficult to get to them without moving a lot of stuff. The brats! So I'll see what happens, I have eggs in the incubator that when they hatch I want to give to them to look after.
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