Once in a while, you might find your hens sitting on their eggs, not willing to budge, their body temperature raised a hundred percent, and feathers scattered all around. These are big time signs that you have a broody hen. Now having a broody hen is not bad, as long as your are able to supply her daily needs. In this report I will talk on how to take care of your broody hen, and some other information you might want to know.
Broody hens will almost never leave their nest, except for their own needs. Sometimes, they don’t come out at all, and when this happens, then you might have to take matters into your own hands. The broody hen will need lots of fresh water because of the raised body temperature. She will also need food. Security is another big thing. Security from other chickens. If your hen becomes broody, then the others might start to act aggressive toward the young mother because she is breaking the pecking order chain, creating chaos among the flock.
The broody hen will sit on her eggs for about 21 days, with her wings spread out, her feather puffed, and a stingy attitude. Hopefully your hen is broody in spring, or summer, but if she become broody in fall and winter, then you may want to discourage her broodiness because chickens born in winter and fall tend to have more disabilities, and do not grow as fast as they do during spring and summer.
To discourage a broody hen from sitting on her eggs for 21 days, put something in her way, or put a brick in her nesting spot so that she is discouraged. Not in other chickens nests, unless you do to want anymore eggs. This will make a temporary cure for your broody hen.
To read more about chickens, read another report about chickens at www.survivingtheoregontrail.com. Thank you for reading, Chickens and Broody Mom’s.
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