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    10-18-2012, 10:17 PM
Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl    
since we keep taking eggs out from her she doesn't sit on eggs very long.but if we leave her she will sit on them until we take her out of the nest. I know definitely know she is not a Rhode island red.she is very protective of the nest.
I would get her a quiet, cozy, safe spot where she can sit on some eggs for a week or two - undisturbed. Make sure she has her own food and water. She'll either give up, and your problem is solved, or she will sit, so you can give her chicks with a very good chance that they will bond and be happy.

I wouldn't try giving her chicks if she hasn't been sitting calmly for a while. She needs to be "primed".
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    10-19-2012, 05:56 PM
I agree I still do take it from her.but she thinks she is a mother to be and will sit there as long as possible even if she is starving.which my very devoted hen is showing me.

Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
Why does anyone care if she is broody? So what? I don't understand. I never had any issue with that. If one hen was a bit broody or cranky, I'd still just reach under and gather whatever eggs were there unless I wanted them to hatch out. I never "delivered" feed and water to a broody hen. I figure she will get hungry enough to go and get what she needs when she needs it.
    10-19-2012, 05:58 PM
She has been sitting foe almost a month now. I am going with the separating idea. My parents are not that convinced about getting her chicks...yet.

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