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post #471 of 1135 Old 04-15-2013, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Oh no, I'm so sorry!
I don't have experience with broody hens but did she had easy access to food and water? I know some would rather starve than get up.


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post #472 of 1135 Old 04-15-2013, 02:21 PM
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Okay .. I'm knocking my D'uccle off the nest tonight.. I noticed she "claimed" a rabbit nest box I had sitting on the rabbit cages last night ... Couldn't decide whether to let her sit or not.

She's comig off.. I just don't want any broodies right now.

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post #473 of 1135 Old 04-15-2013, 02:25 PM
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Yes I learned about their reluctance to leave their nests the first year and keep food and water in the coop near the nests. Still some hens I have had would not move unless I pushed them out for a moment or two; then they would eat. I had just left this girl alone as it was her first time. The roo in the banty pen is a Mille Fleur as well and I was so hoping to have more. It eas her first time and so maybe I should have pushed her out to the food around the second day or so. The eggs are now under another broody hen so maybe I will still get my babies. The other hen did geft pushed of her nest this morning.
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post #474 of 1135 Old 04-15-2013, 02:26 PM
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No advice or explanation, just want to say I'm sorry to hear that. It's so hard to lose any of them. I do hope you'll get your babies!
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post #475 of 1135 Old 04-15-2013, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by roseann View Post

Anyhow, I have a question. My beloved Mille Fleur hen just went broody about 5 days ago. I have checked her daily and today found her dead on her nest. I am very upset. Has this happened to anyone else? I only have two years experience with broody hens and raising "homemade" babies. She was about two years old. All my other brooders were Silkies.
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Chickens sometimes die for the strangest reasons. 5 days doesn't seem enough to starve to death for a broodie hen, I wonder if maybe she was egg bound or something else. You'll probably never know. It's one of those unfortunate things about chickens and it always seems to happen to the favorite. I've gotten to the point where I keep too many to get attached to just one and since I tend to get way too attached to my Cochins, I buy a group of them and never name anyone. I call them all Coochie and the others are just, Lady or Ladies. It still hurts to lose one but since I've quit making total pets out of them, it's not quite so awful. I currently have 3 brooding and they should be about done, it's been almost 21 days, so they ought to be finishing up.
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I've got Sebastopol geese on the brain! And there are some on CL. Thank goodness it's snowing.
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post #477 of 1135 Old 04-15-2013, 07:15 PM
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Our chickens at the farm are starting to get broodie.. well, only two of them. The little Silkie girl has been sitting on 4 eggs all weekend- not her own, but someones. Yesterday before we left the barn, one of the white Polish hens had stolen the Silkie's spot on the eggs, and the Silkie was really peeved, pacing back and forth in front of her stolen corner.

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We have two white polish hens, a gold polish hen, a white polish rooster, a silkie hen and rooster, an americauna? rooster, and four hens, and two RIR hens. I think that is what is left from what we bought at auction last fall. Oh, two female bunnies, and a khaki female duck, who is also laying.
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post #478 of 1135 Old 04-15-2013, 08:02 PM
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This looks like a scene out of the movie 'office space' with a waterer instead of computer.. it cracks me up every time i see it.

^thatd be 'batman chicken' one of my barred rock hens.

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Batman chicken- super hen- and the banny roo^

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post #479 of 1135 Old 04-19-2013, 08:48 AM
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I wonder if she got egg bound? Sadly, it just happens.....

I am currently battling a problem of my own making. My hens love grass and I took some scissors and cut a whole bunch of grass and gave it to them. The pieces were long, but they seemed to handle it well.

Well, three of my hens now have sour crop and I am fighting to save them. They are in bad shape and I may lose two of my favorite hens. So, DON'T do what I did. If you want your hens to have grass, let them pluck it themselves.
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post #480 of 1135 Old 04-19-2013, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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So sorry Allison, hope they pull through!
Have you emptied them?
Did a search and found that olive oil, and add 125mg of amoxicillian has helped...?

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