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What's in your flock?

Discussion in 'Gardening With Animals' started by hosspak, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. May 17, 2014
    Ridgerunner

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    My chickens are a total mess right now. I recently took one out of my broody buster, but then put a different one in. I have two different hens walking around fluffed up and making those broody sounds, but still laying eggs and roosting on the roost. I don't now if either of them will kick over to full broody mode or not.

    I put a dozen eggs under a fifth broody, but one of the eggs broke about three days later, thin shell from the look of it. I checked the other 11 eggs and all but three were messed up with egg yolk and white so I chunked those and started her on another dozen yesterday. I opened those 11 eggs and 10 of them were developing nicely.

    I really like a broody hen but come on, I only have seven hens.
     
  2. May 17, 2014
    thistlebloom

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    I'm interested in your "broody buster" @Ridgerunner. I have two broodys and this evening when I collected eggs there was a third sitting in the nest box. It's a little frustrating since I don't want those particular hens setting. They all look the same so I've been putting a different color zip tie on their legs to ID the broodies.

    So what's your broody buster made of?
     
  3. May 17, 2014
    Ridgerunner

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    Bay, I'm using my brooder built into the coop since it is not otherwise being used. The bottom is 1/2" hardware cloth, the top is my droppings board. That plastic "draft protection" is not on since I want as much breeze under her as I can get to cool her jets. That's 1" hardware cloth on the sides.

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  4. May 17, 2014
    buckabucka

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    I don't fight my broodies anymore. I had a buff Chantecler that I tried everything with. She had a wire bottom cage with a fan blowing under her, sat on ice cubes, etc. She sat for 75 days, I think, -it was a long time! Now I just drag them out twice a day. I have a large number of chickens though, so I don't miss the eggs.
     
  5. May 17, 2014
    thistlebloom

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    Thanks Ridge, I have a wire cage that I put them in during the day, then let them out in the evening, put them back in in the morning etc.... I guess it's the same idea. It worked on one a few weeks back, she quit fooling around after 3 days in it. I've never had so many go broody at once before. Maybe it's because they're all sisters so they're more competitive. Haha.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2014
    Kassaundra

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    Three generations, Broody mom (Reba) and her broody daughter (Baby girl) co - brooding chicks. This is the first one out.
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  7. Jun 11, 2014
    Kassaundra

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    Snapped a quick shot of some of the teen girls chilling in the shade

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  8. Jun 11, 2014
    baymule

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    @Kassaundra you are really making me like Turkens! They are just so darn cute!
     
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    Kassaundra

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    Muuuhahahaha, one more down.
     
  10. Jun 11, 2014
    Wishin'

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    O.K the one on the left reminds me of a dinosaur [​IMG]

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    :lol: I love naked necks, they are so crazy, and have a dinosaur attitude to boot.
     
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