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#1 2018-07-12 18:23:13

shaneb99
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From: Strathmore
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Not all broodies are equal

I put some Partridge Brahma eggs in the incubator 3 weeks ago even though I was getting tired of all the hassle of hatching and brooding chicks. But I wanted some of these so reluctantly went ahead. As luck would have it 2 Brahma Cross hens went broody about the same time, a white one and a Black one. I waited a few days to make sure they were committed and on day 5 of incubation I moved both hens to their own pens and transferred the eggs to the hens giving each 16.  I candled and all were developing. That would save me the hassle of looking after the chicks.

Yesterday on schedule they hatched but there was quite outcomes from the 2 hens. Both hens were dedicated to sitting on the nest but the white hen was more careless.a couple of times she let eggs roll out and I ended up putting her in a big pile of straw to keep the eggs under her. The black hen pretty much just settled down.  I checked the eggs about once a week and over the course of 3 weeks the white hen managed to break 2 eggs. Yesterday when they started hatching the white hen moved over leaving some of the eggs exposed even though they were hatching. She had also managed to crush 3 eggs even though 2 had live chicks that were pipping. I pulled the shells off and put them back under her but when I checked later both had died. Over night she moved and was sitting on a tray I had her food dish on and had 6 chicks under her. 2 more chicks were dead in the original nest and the remaning 3 eggs were cold.

The black hen meanwhile had stayed on her nest faithfully all day yesterday and this morning had moved over taking 12 healthy chicks with her.  Of the remaning 3 eggs looked like the chicks had stopped developing 4 or 5 days before and 1 egg is unaccounted for.

Both are experienced hens and hatched chicks last year. This is the second hatch this year for both. They each hatched out batches the first week of May. The Black hatched 9/12 that time and the White one hatched 12/13. So maybe she just wasn't into this time.

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#2 2018-07-13 02:06:13

susanr
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From: Grenfell, Saskatchewan
Registered: 2010-03-11
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Re: Not all broodies are equal

Sad to hear the white hen wasn't quite up to the task this time around.  The black one though sounds like she was anxious to be a mom this time.


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#3 2018-07-13 13:20:17

niglefritz
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From: MB
Registered: 2012-02-21
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Re: Not all broodies are equal

I just took a large jg broody off a nest of rotten eggs. She did the same...letting the eggs roll out. I still hoped for some hatching. She looked serious and in the end, it really upset when she found out all her eggs had disappeared, but I had to take them already. I didn't check them all extensively since they all smelled so bad, but know at least 3 had been developing. They must have spent the most time under her.

This was her first attempt. I am very disappointed as they were nice dark eggs.

I am looking forward to having silkies do the job next year. Somehow they are just better at hatching.


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#4 2018-07-13 14:10:24

uno
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Re: Not all broodies are equal

I had one hen who killed her chicks as they hatched. I chopped her head off. Later when my own daughter was a terrible teen I thought about that hen. Brought to mind that comedian who says when you first have a baby and hear that some animals eat their own young you are horrified and wonder, how could they and later on, when they are teens, you're sorry you didn't.

You have to wonder how much deductive reasoning a chicken is capable of and  I swear Shane, some breeds are stupider than others. Sorry it went so wrong.

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#5 2018-07-13 23:50:50

shaneb99
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Re: Not all broodies are equal

I have another one now that I thought I'd try, she's a young first timer and she's really flighty. Twice now when I've gone to check her she's bailed off the nest in a big panic and broke an egg. I'm going to have to stay clear of her.


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#6 2018-07-14 10:12:24

Martin Grove Farm
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From: Waterloo/St. Jacobs, Ontario
Registered: 2009-11-02
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Re: Not all broodies are equal

My preferred method was always broodies.  Some are much better than others though. We had one turkey hen that would search out eggs to roll into her nest.


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#7 2018-07-14 17:07:47

niglefritz
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Re: Not all broodies are equal

uno wrote:

I had one hen who killed her chicks as they hatched. I chopped her head off. Later when my own daughter was a terrible teen I thought about that hen. Brought to mind that comedian who says when you first have a baby and hear that some animals eat their own young you are horrified and wonder, how could they and later on, when they are teens, you're sorry you didn't.

I am there. :veryfunny:


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#8 2018-07-14 17:48:13

killerbunny
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Registered: 2012-07-30
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Re: Not all broodies are equal

My turkey girls have a strange set up. They generally sit 2 or 3 to nest. The younger girls learn form the senior hens. The broods are merged within a week. Currently 2 of my successful girls have dumped the kids at 6 weeks on 2 of their co broodies and gone down for the count again. I think it's due to their social structure which is so different to a chickens.


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