Originally Posted by roseann
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.