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 Post subject: Moving a broody hen
PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:37 pm 
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Hi,
I have a first time broody hen, Ive order her fertilized egg and I want to move her to isolate her and chicks from the big coop. I really want her to stay broody but I'm worried that if I move her to setup a cozy place in the coop that she will stop being broody! :dontknow
I would have to replace hay that she was nesting on because I spilt water on it :roll:
(I only use hay in nest box and pineshavings for the ground) .
I'm not sure if that would be enough to make her stop being broody. And do I even have to move her, I only have 1 other chook in the coop.
She is a pekin bantam and it's her first time being broody.
What do you think?
Thanks! :clnava


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 Post subject: Re: Moving a broody hen
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It's best to separate the two hens. Often they can get along fine but sometimes they don't and the chicks are hurt which would be awful.

Can you move the non-broody hen?

If you do move the broody move her before you put the fertile eggs under her, to make sure she's settled on the nest and will stay in the new place. If it's cosy and nest like she should take to it. Put some infertile eggs in it at first and once she's happily sitting (say, after a day or two) give her the fertile eggs. Put them under her at night.

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 Post subject: Re: Moving a broody hen
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Her broody setup :-D
Any thing else I should add ?
Thanks :rooll


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 Post subject: Re: Moving a broody hen
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Good job! Only thing I'd add is to put some finer mesh along the sides so the chicks can't get out. Needs to be smaller than 25mm x 25mm square because chicks can get through holes that size. Mosquito mesh woven through the bars would be a good option - you just need a barrier to stop chicks so there's no need for anything heavy duty.

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Looks perfect. I use plastic gutter guard or scraps of wire to chick proof.


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 Post subject: Re: Moving a broody hen
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Will do. How long should I keep them in there? Because in worried it's too small. I candled the eggs today, day 12, and I only candled 3 but they were all developing! Yay 3/3 so far. I still have to candle the other 3. Will the space I've set up for her and chicks be enough and how long is a good time before putting them in the normal coop?
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 Post subject: Re: Moving a broody hen
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There will be room for a couple of weeks - that will give you time to set up something with more room. Something like a second hand dog kennel (tip shop) and some mesh panels with a secure (mesh floor) works well and can be dismantled to store for next time. :hiding
Ideally they should be separate from the other hen until they are about 20 weeks and their immunity is well developed. They will need to be eating chick starter and then grower food until about then. As you only have one other hen maybe see how things go. It won't hurt the adults to eat baby food however if it is medicated (best) you shouldn't eat their eggs.


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