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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:00 pm 
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I want to give a friend a broody hen and some fertile eggs to take to his place so his children can enjoy hatching chickens. He lives about 30min away he has the box and the pen, what is the best way to get the hen to him without upsetting the hen and the sitting process.......


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 Post subject: Re: moving broody hen
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:41 pm 
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It is a nice idea but moving the broody may interrupt her successful incubation. The behaviour of broody hens when disturbed on a nest can be very unpredictable and while some will accept a new nest, others won't. I'd be more inclined to let her hatch at your place and invite the children over once the first chicks hatch. However, if you are determined to move the sitting hen, increase your chances of success by trying to get her re-set in the transport container. Good luck and please let us know how you get on. :)


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 Post subject: Re: moving broody hen
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:29 pm 
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Hi Fairfield,
As Cackles has suggested I'd try to get her to settle in a carry box at home first before she is moved to your friends place.
To do this I would wait until she has set for a few days at home, then move her to the carry box at night to again settle in .
To achieve this it is often a good idea to cover the new nest with a bag or heavy cloth for 24 hrs then uncover in the afternoon so she comes off to feed and attend to toilet needs before she retreats to her new comfortable nest.
I would set her at your place with the gifted eggs for your friend.
After she has set for a week or even two weeks I would move her quietly and gently in the carry box/nest with the heavy cover to keep her quiet in transit to your friends home.I would again do this after dark and keep her covered for a 2nd 24hr period uncovering her late in the day to again feed and toilet.
Then just leave her undisturbed as much as is possible with children who will be busting to see regularly if she has new chicks.
Some hens take readily to a move, others will just not settle at all after a move.
The quieter and more used to human contact she is the better your chances of success.
Good luck !!

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 Post subject: Re: moving broody hen
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:57 pm 
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You could also wait until the chicks have hatched, then move the mum and the chicks to their new home.....


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 Post subject: Re: moving broody hen
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:56 pm 
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Sorry she is not sitting on the eggs as yet.empty box....Could I move her to her new pen and box settle her in there then put the eggs under her ... what would be the best way to carry that out thanks very much for getting back to me :th


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