Questions about a broody chicken
Hi there chicken keepers!
I have a couple of questions regarding a hen. Molly has gone broody. Which is fine, she herself was hatched here under a broody mother. The problem is, we no longer have a cockerel. So the eggs aren't fertilized. It doesn't take a genius to work out nothing's going to happen there.
First off, she's been on the nest longer then the 21 days it would have taken them to hatch. Is she going to get the idea and quit by herself?
I know the usual advice is to remove the eggs, cage the hen, or put day old chicks under her at night.
Well, removing the eggs or caging the hen are impossible. She's gone psycho, she's not like our other hens who just pecked a lot. This one actually wants you dead. I'd be willing to put some day old's under her except for 2 things - first off, I don't have any. I should have incubated some fertile eggs back when she started, but I didn't. I don't think you can buy day old chicks around here and have no idea where i'd get them. Our neighbour used to give us fertile eggs or small chicks, but he died and his chickens were sold on. Secondly, I think it would be too dangerous anyway because the stupid hen has nested up on a ledge in the rafters of my horse's stable. It's 6-7 feet up in the air! I don't really want to get a load of day old chicks just to watch them plummet. This also means it's hard to get to her because you have to climb up there, and when a mad chicken lunges at me, my reflexes try to throw me off a ladder!
Does anyone have any bright ideas or clever suggestions for this one? Shall I just let her get over it? It's taking a long time and those eggs are going to stink up Phoebe's stable pretty soon......
~The most important lesson my horse ever taught me is how much I have left to learn~