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You must always be open to new experiences; by this means, your physical and etheric bodies will be brought into a condition which may be compared with the contented mood of a brooding hen. Rudolf Steiner. You Mood New Your. I am a bit of a mother hen at Christmas! I always prepare in advance. It is the only way; otherwise, it can be really daunting. Mary Berry. Mother I Am Way Christmas. I think that directing is the ultimate martyred task of filmmaking, that it has nobility to it.
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Smile Quotes. Mother hens handle all of the hatching details from humidity to temperature and egg-turning to raising the chicks. Managing mother hens can be done the easy way…or the hard way. A hen that is committed to hatching chicks is known as a broody. The state of being broody is controlled by instinct, hormones and lighting conditions. Left to her own devices, a broody will lay a clutch of eggs, then stop egg-laying and sit on them for 21 days more or less until they hatch.
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Some breeds are more inclined to brood than others; in particular, Silkies, Cochins and Australorps are perpetual contenders for the Broody Mother of the Year Award. In general, a broody prefers a dark, private, comfortable location in which to set. Her chosen spot can range from a nest box inside the coop to a hidden location away from the coop. She sits in the nest all day and night, leaving it briefly once or twice a day to eat, drink and relieve herself.
Broody poop is distinctive, ginormous and the most foul smelling deposit possible. Just because a hen is broody does not mean that she is going to be a successful or dedicated hatching hen.
Some abandon the eggs after a number of days or weeks, or worse- they kill the chicks that hatch. Unfortunately, the only way to know whether a hen will be a good mother is by being a good mother.
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There is no test or method for predicting whether a hen will quit setting before the eggs hatch or become homicidal until it happens. Before purchasing expensive hatching eggs for a broody to hatch, it is wise to put her through the paces with ordinary hatching eggs. I have learned the hard way never to give an unreliable broody a second chance. If she abandoned the nest or harmed chicks once, she will do it again.
Past performance is the best predictor of future behavior.
go to site Have a back-up plan in anticipation of a quitter even with the less valuable eggs. Keeping an incubator on-hand in the event a broody abandons the eggs can be life-saving. Over time, her comb becomes pale, her feathers lose sheen and she loses a noticeable amount of weight. This drastic change normal routine is tolerable in 21 day stints but protracted stints are unhealthy for her.
Either a hen is broody or she is not- one cannot make a hen broody. Serious breeders have dedicated coops or broody pens for the purpose of housing broodies. A broody does not need much to do her thing: a dark, cozy spot for the eggs, a food and water station and a location in which to relieve herself. The bottom of the nest should be soft so to protect the eggs. The weight of the hen, the shifting of position and jostling of eggs on her way into and out of the nest for 21 days can cause eggs to crack and ultimately kill any live embryo inside.
To limit the impact to the eggs, I recommend nest box pads and liners either alone or with chopped straw or shavings on top. Scratch can also be offered to the broody hen as the high carbohydrate content will provide extra calories during her three week crash diet. Keep the food and water close to the nest to ensure that less adventurous broodies avail themselves of at least one meal a day. A dehydrated hen can die very quickly.
A hen can manage to cover and keep warm approximately 12 eggs proportionate to her size, meaning: if she is a bantam, it is reasonable to expect that she can care for 12 bantam sized eggs, fewer if the eggs are from a larger hen. If the broody is a large fowl breed, she can handle eggs of the size she would ordinarily lay, more if they are bantam eggs. Much more about acquisition of and handling of the hatching eggs, here.
Some broodies are more attached to their chosen location than others and will protest mightily while trying to return to it if moved. Moving a broody hen is best done at night when she is less likely to be upset by the change of scenery. The feed, water and makeshift run should be in place before the move is made. The egg candler used in the photo below is a Brinsea Ovascope. Candling eggs should be done after dark if at all, so as to limit the stress to the broody. When I candle broody eggs, I do it twice at most, at day 10 and After day 18 the embryo begins to assume the hatching position and should no longer be moved, so I like to candle on day 17 at the latest.
The photo below shows what an embryo three days away from hatching looks like from the inside left and when candling from the outside right. Contrary to popular belief, a hen does not necessarily kick bad eggs out of the nest. Sometimes eggs found outside the nest are viable and sometimes she continues to sit on rotten eggs until the bitter end. I wish I had a nickel for every rotten egg I have discovered in the nest after a hen has left it to care for her brood.
I have also rescued more than one developing egg that a broody has kicked out of the nest. Rotten eggs can often be detected from a considerable distance and must be removed from the clutch so as not to jeopardize the entire hatch. More on rotten eggs, here. Accidents do happen from broken eggs to poop and soiled nests should be cleaned upon discovery to limit the exposure of bacteria to the eggs.
Some broodies must be physically removed from the nest in order to ensure they are getting the minimum daily intake of water and food. A broody who does not poop has not eaten, which is a hazard to her health. Sometime it is necessary to rescue a chick from a broody hen either because the hen attacks, rejects, or abandons them. I always have a brooder set-up ready on hatch day in the event of rejection by the mother hen. The mother hen will bring them to the feed and water and teach them to eat and drink. Starter feed is designed to be digested by saliva with no need for further grinding with grit in the gizzard.