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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:15 pm 
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I have a broody hen that has been sitting on 9 eggs I want her to hatch. She has not got off to eat or poo yet in the first 6 days of sitting. Should I just leave her or lift her off to encourage her to eat?


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 Post subject: Re: broody
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:06 pm 
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Its fine to turf them off the nest for a feed, poo and scratch every few days. She will probably be cranky with you however she will benefit from it. Probably best on a warm afternoon




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 Post subject: Re: broody
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:03 pm 
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Thanks Bender - I will try that .....won't be a warm afternoon for a few days yet I reckon!


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 Post subject: Re: broody
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:08 pm 
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No harm to take them off every day, place about 20 metres away, provide food/water. Better for the hen to not atrophy from sitting for days. Give chance to eat drink poo and run back to nest. Does not affect incubation/hatching. (If really wet or raining, just within sheltered area).

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:12 pm 
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I turf my silkies off twice every day when they are sitting. It doesn't seem to put them off, or to reduce the hatch rate.

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 Post subject: Re: broody
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:40 pm 
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Thanks - next dry day I will take her off.


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