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#1 2012-08-31 17:06:43

NaturesPace
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From: Augusta county VA, USA
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Broody EOls

My EO girl is trying to be broody. She will be 26 weeks old on Saturday. (Sept 1) I was going to let her sit, after a long conversation with my DH. :please:

I put together an old cat litter box added a little curtain, straw, and a few more eggs. I picked her up and put her in the box and she wanted nothing to do with it. I left the setup it in the coop to see if she changes her mind or decides to be broody tomorrow.

I'm sure she wants to be broody, because she put her hackles up and fluffed up to twice her size. She also made a horrible noise, but she let me pick her up with out pecking me.

Any advice? I don't mind her being broody, but I want her to sit on the eggs I want her to sit on. :excited:


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#2 2012-08-31 17:32:39

gubi
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Re: Broody EOls

Is there any way you can pen off the spot she is broodie in so the other girls cant lay eggs underneath her?  Some broodies we can move easily and others are very determined to sit in their chosen spot and nowhere else!


Herd of Brown Swiss, a few sheep, red cuckoo basque, Silverspangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, ameraucanas(EE), Welsummer, broodie silkies and a few more heritage hens

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#3 2012-08-31 18:10:57

Susan
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Re: Broody EOls

Also, at 26 weeks, she is still growing and needs her calorie intake. I'm not sure I'd let one so young sit. If she is determined, however, make sure she is starting at a decent weight and maybe up her protein.

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#4 2012-08-31 18:34:34

NaturesPace
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Re: Broody EOls

oh very good point Susan.
She hasn't pulled any feathers out of her chest yet, I'll wait and see what happens tomorrow.


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#5 2012-09-01 14:05:40

Susan
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Re: Broody EOls

Sorry to be a bummer NP, just thinking long term :)

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#6 2012-09-01 16:26:06

Island Girl
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Re: Broody EOls

I have to agree with Susan, I would try to break her brood rather then encourage it at this point. But, I would definitely mark her somehow as it sounds like she has the makings of an up and coming good mama!! I have kept two of my older non-EOs as they have proven to be great mamas and I hope to use them in the spring to get me going on my first kick at the cat with breeding my own EOs. Let us know what happens.

XOX Monika

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#7 2012-09-02 01:53:00

NaturesPace
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Re: Broody EOls

Thanks everyone. She seems like see wants to still but left the nest again today. Seems like she is breaking herself.

She is my only Marraduna girl with white legs, so she is marked. I also have four part English Orpingtons that I plan on using this coming spring as incubators. Chances are pretty good a couple of them will go broody and I can fit a lot of eggs under those fluff balls!


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#8 2012-09-06 18:53:55

NaturesPace
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Re: Broody EOls

Update: she is sitting on 5 EO eggs 2 Welsummer eggs and an Orpington egg.


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#9 2012-09-06 19:43:14

Susan
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Re: Broody EOls

Saucy girl! :P maybe a boiled egg for breakfast will keep her happy? Help her get some extra protein. Hope she is a great MOm! Keep us posted

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#10 2012-09-06 20:06:57

NaturesPace
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Re: Broody EOls

yes. I have started giving her some. Thanks!


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#11 2012-09-06 22:45:13

Maggiesdad
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Re: Broody EOls

Oh I do love a chicken with a purpose!

They get so Zen while they are sitting...
:pics:

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#12 2012-09-06 22:59:25

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Broody EOls

This is my second year with EO's and I haven't had one go broody yet :(

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#13 2012-09-06 23:14:45

NaturesPace
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Re: Broody EOls

Annie acting tough
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd454/Naturespace/AnnieBroody_01.jpg


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#14 2012-09-06 23:20:58

Susan
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Re: Broody EOls

Gorgeous girl! She looks very content.
FRF, maybe some of the got from me will set for you. I have had about 8 separate hens here broody and a few more than twice. I made sure to have one in the breeding group this year, because it's a trait I very much like.

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#15 2012-09-07 00:30:54

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Broody EOls

Well they do a much better job of hatching than the darn incubator :thumbs:  My bantam Cochins and silkie hen do an amazing job but you can only get a couple of standard eggs under them :(
NP, she is a beautiful pullet :love:  With all her neck feathers fluffed out =D

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#16 2012-09-07 00:57:49

Maggiesdad
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Re: Broody EOls

I can hear her now - YEAHROOOO!! Get back now!  :applause:


Paula, Maggie about had a spaz attack when she saw your avatar!! She said HE'S BEAUTIFUL!

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#17 2012-09-07 01:24:17

NaturesPace
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Re: Broody EOls

Maggiesdad wrote:

I can hear her now - YEAHROOOO!! Get back now!  :applause:


Paula, Maggie about had a spaz attack when she saw your avatar!! She said HE'S BEAUTIFUL!

You have some great girls there. (aren't your girls Caroline and Maggie?) i know i got that wrong, but i try to get it right now.
That little fluff ball... don't know if that was a girl or boy but good chance it is a boy. Only had one girl that hatch. The girls is my broody.


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#18 2012-09-07 01:35:15

NaturesPace
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Re: Broody EOls

Flat Rock Farm wrote:

Well they do a much better job of hatching than the darn incubator

I plan on putting my incubator out of a job as long as i have a broody girl or two. It's a lot of work getting those eggs to hatch and the raising them. Mom should do a better job for me.

she ate a whole scrambled egg today that had a little olive oil and some ground flax seed. She loved it.

today was the first time i saw her off the nest. She left a BIG smelly poo and drank, dust bathed and ate. While she was off i added more grass clippings so the eggs were not sitting on the hardware cloth on the bottom of the nesting box. She didn't seem to mind me messing with them. i thought she only had 7 eggs, but i found 8 so they are all marked and next time she gets off i will remove any new eggs. 8 new chicks! I already had a hard time trying to justify letting her sit on "some" eggs. Well let's hope they are all pullets. HAHA :funny:

:cheer: go pullets go :cheer:

I don't think I can explain how excited I am about having my first broody girl. There are bound to be plenty of photos and videos in less than a month.

:excited:


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#19 2012-09-07 01:57:26

Susan
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Re: Broody EOls

THey sure are incredible to watch. Amazing really. Wait until the chicks hatch and she is clucking to them and puffing up so they can run underneath her- just beautiful.

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#20 2012-09-08 00:58:54

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Broody EOls

I find broodies amazing too. I didn't realize that about half of the sounds a chicken makes are reserved for her babies! It's way cool to watch her teach them things, and there is nothing cuter than a broody with a few chicks under her wings when she is teaching them to roost! (please imagine roosting smilie)


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#21 2012-09-08 12:06:04

dahlisgrams
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Re: Broody EOls

Awww... nice! I hope I get a broody or two.. :please:

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#22 2012-09-08 17:14:51

Flat Rock Farm
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Re: Broody EOls

Maggiesdad wrote:

I can hear her now - YEAHROOOO!! Get back now!  :applause:


Paula, Maggie about had a spaz attack when she saw your avatar!! She said HE'S BEAUTIFUL!

Sorry off topic :whistle:  Glen tell Maggie he is a Fresian, if I was EVER to have a horse this would be it :thumbsup:

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