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Re: chickens!
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2014, 06:47:12 AM »
Sounds like she's gone broody, and when they do they actually get a sort of fever. We usually pluck them from their box and put them in a wire cage out in the daylight with no bedding. This allows airflow to their chest and bottom and breaks the fever. On occasions when that doesn't work we have had to dunk them feet first in some cool water several times to break them.

Or you can let her sit on eggs and hatch some chicks for you.

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Re: chickens!
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2014, 07:09:36 AM »
Is that hawk still alive ?
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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2014, 07:23:39 AM »
chevy,that is interestering. Never knew about the fever. I only had a couple that wanted to sit on the eggs. Seem like it only lasted a few days.
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Re: chickens!
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2014, 09:32:50 AM »
how do you keep the hens from sitting

Your 7 yr old has the correct answer...
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« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2014, 02:52:22 PM »
how do you keep the hens from sitting

Your 7 yr old has the correct answer...
:D :D  that's what I was thinking my self :)

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Re: chickens!
« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2014, 02:42:38 PM »
goose63 - yes we let the hawk enjoy its catch and move on.

a broody hen will collect eggs to make a clutch. I have never seen them move them but find broken eggs every now and then.

here's what I found to discourage broody behavior:
broody hen will stop laying and instead will focus on the incubation of the eggs (a full clutch is usually about 12 eggs). She will "sit" or "set" on the nest, protesting or pecking in defense if disturbed or removed, and she will rarely leave the nest to eat, drink, or dust-bathe. While brooding, the hen maintains the nest at a constant temperature and humidity, as well as turning the eggs regularly during the first part of the incubation. To stimulate broodiness, an owner may place many artificial eggs in the nest, or to stop it they may place the hen in an elevated cage with an open wire floor.

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« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2014, 03:16:03 PM »
We lost our only, and first hatched chick, the little chick got a nick on her neck, and the others, even the brood hen pecked it to near death before we got to it.  It later died, what a pain, I need a better nursery for sure, lessons learned every day.
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