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post #951 of 1088 Old 04-26-2014, 10:42 AM
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I have a broody hen I will GLADLY give away!

Lil banty Black Australorp who starts screaming at you the minute you open nesting boxes and then pecks the crap out of your hands. The kids literally grab her from behind, set her on the ground and then madly grab eggs before she can run around, back into the coop and resume attacking you.
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post #952 of 1088 Old 04-26-2014, 11:10 AM
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I've got a COCHIN that's getting ready to become dinner if she attacks me one more time. She's cross although she looks Cochin. She's never had the temperament but until this year she's never actually reached out and pecked anyone. The last few days, she's been setting and when I go to get the eggs, she lets me have it. I dont' even have to reach into the box, just put my hand near it and she'll rear up and nail me. Not gonna put up with that.

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post #953 of 1088 Old 04-26-2014, 11:25 AM
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At least with a Cochin you'd GET dinner! I don't think there's more than 2 bites on my scrawny bantam!
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At least with a Cochin you'd GET dinner! I don't think there's more than 2 bites on my scrawny bantam!
That's true, they wouldn't even make much of an appetizer. But I guess they can be just as annoying as a full sized chicken.

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post #955 of 1088 Old 04-26-2014, 11:39 AM
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My golden laced Wyandotte went into the broody breaker this morning. She's not especially mean-just one peck at you, but you can easily pick her up. From the way she ate when I put her in the cage, I don't think she's had much to eat or drink the past few days. Hopefully she'll get over it quickly!
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post #956 of 1088 Old 05-18-2014, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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YAY!!! I have my first broody hen!!!!
A black Australorp! I'm going to try and put her in my chicken tractor tomorrow night so I can monitor her food and water intake. Sooo excited!
Thank heavens I didn't start the incubator.

These will replace the 6 I mysteriously lost and the 2 that a skunk got. It's been wild around here, :(. Tonight something BIG was marching through the woods at the end of my yard. I let the dogs out, they were going crazy, and they stopped at the treeline. So it must have been a bear. Anything else and they'll chase it to BFE.

Wish her luck!
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post #957 of 1088 Old 05-18-2014, 08:06 AM
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Glad you're excited. As someone who didn't have anything to hatch out, I had a rough time with a broody this spring. Luckily, she got through it in about 4 days.

What is your girl hatching for you? Your own, or did you buy her some eggs?
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post #958 of 1088 Old 05-18-2014, 08:11 AM
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I wish I had one who wanted to go broody! Why else do I have dual purpose birds and TWO roos? Mad pouty face.

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post #959 of 1088 Old 05-18-2014, 11:31 PM
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I have my first dedicated broody. Gave her six chicks and am down to 3. I've never lost that many chicks in a brooder but I guess it's part of the learning curve. It is so much easier letting her do everything. It's so cute to walk past her run at night and listen to her coo to the babies. I have some 2 month old pullets in an adjacent pen and they coo back to her.
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post #960 of 1088 Old 05-22-2014, 10:41 PM
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Hey chicken folks! I hate to interrupt your fantastic thread (I love chickens!) but I was wondering if you'd be good enough to answer a couple of questions for me?

I'm thinking about acquiring a couple of chickens, not too many (say 3 or 4) to live in the backyard, eat scraps, produce eggs, and make nice clucking noises. My mum is an experienced chicken carer but in a farm environment and for profit, which I'd imagine is different to how we would treat our prospective chickens.

Firstly, how do we keep them? I would love to free range as we have a large yard perfect for chickens (100-200m2) but we have cats and dogs and foxes in the neighbourhood. How do we handle this? Is it possible to free range them? What are the alternatives if we can't?

And as for breeds, we don't need anything which will produce a bajillion eggs as because we're fond of them we don't really want to be overloaded. I know that each member of our family has a breed they'd like (except my dad) if we were to get them. I personally really want a silkie chicken (or a breed like it, I don't want bantam but there are some other fluffy chickens which are full size I believe). I've seen them in person and searched them and I adore them, they are the coolest things . My mum really wants RIRs and my sister Easter Eggers. Does keeping different chickens together cause problems? Are any of these bad choices?

Thanks for taking time to read and maybe answer :)

BTW this thread has the cutest photos and I have been on Backyard Chickens...lots of fantastic information there but I thought I'd ask on this forum which I'm more comfortable with seeing as there are heaps of chicken mums (and dads!)

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